- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A man wanted in the slaying of a woman whose body was found outside a Goodwill donation center in Georgia was fatally shot during a pursuit on the West Virginia Turnpike, police said.

A blue Dodge Intrepid driven by Brandon Lamar Johnson, 28, was spotted by a road maintenance worker and a trooper on Interstate 77 near Beckley, West Virginia, on Tuesday afternoon.

Police tried to stop Johnson’s car, but he drove off, authorities said. A trooper then set up road spikes on the highway, which disabled the Intrepid, police said.

Johnson then got out of his vehicle and pulled a gun, State Police Lt. Michael Baylous said.

“When the driver exited his vehicle, he immediately pointed a handgun at the troopers,” West Virginia State Police said in a statement. “Troopers responded to the threat and fired their weapons.”

In Georgia, authorities said Johnson was wanted in the killing of 57-year-old co-worker Pamela Harmon of Covington, Georgia. Her body was found in the parking lot of a Goodwill donation center in Conyers, Georgia.

“Today, we were shocked and saddened to learn that one of our own team members, Pamela Harmon, was the victim of a homicide,” Goodwill of North Georgia said in a statement.

“We ask that you please keep the Harmon family and our Goodwill family in your thoughts and prayers,” the company said.


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