Starting off the New Year the wrong way.
An elderly couple have been found dead after a father and son broke into their house in an apparent random home invasion, set the place on fire and abducted them.
Jerome Faulkner, 73, and his wife Dora, 62, were killed after being taken from their home in Oak Hill, North Carolina, at 7am on New Year’s Day by two men who also stole their SUV.
Police in Lewisburg, West Virginia found the couple’s bodies around 4pm following a shootout with the suspects when officers pulled over the stolen white Chevrolet SUV being driven by 21-year-old Eric Alexander Campbell.
As police were talking to the suspect, his father, 54-year-old Edward Campbell, allegedly pulled alongside in a red SUV and opened fire on the officers, ABC11 reported.
The father fled in his truck but was captured 90 minutes later in the woods. A search of his truck revealed two dead bodies under a mattress on the flatbed, according to WRAL.
A spokesman from the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department told Daily Mail Online on Friday that two officers were shot by the suspects and had been hospitalized but were going to be fine.
He said that the two quick-thinking cops had relatively new information as to the license plate of the stolen SUV when they apprehended the vehicle.
Sheriff Brindell Wilkins, of Granville County, North Carolina, said he believed the couple were killed at their home and their bodies loaded into the truck before the suspects fled for more than 200 miles into West Virginia.
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