MURDER USA: VIRGINIA STATE POLICE MOURNING LOSS OF TROOPER LUCAS B. DOWELL KILLED BY EX-CON COREY JOHNSON IN FARMVILLE SHOOTING

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MURDER USA: VIRGINIA STATE POLICE MOURNING LOSS OF TROOPER LUCAS B. DOWELL KILLED BY EX-CON COREY JOHNSON IN FARMVILLE SHOOTING

CUMBERLAND CO., Va. – The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office is investigating a shooting in Cumberland County that claimed the life of a Virginia State Police trooper and resulted in the death of the shooting suspect. The incident occurred Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.

Trooper Lucas B. Dowell killed in the line of duty in Farmville Va with tactical team on Feb. 4, 2019

Trooper Lucas B. Dowell was a member of the Virginia State Police Tactical Team that was assisting the Piedmont Regional Drug and Gang Task Force with executing a search warrant at a residence in the 1500 block of Cumberland Road/Route 45, just north of the town limits of Farmville. The Tactical Team had made entry into the residence shortly before 10 p.m. Monday when an adult male inside the residence began shooting at them. The Tactical Team members returned fire, fatally wounding the male suspect.

Virginia State Police motor units

Trooper Dowell was transported to Southside Community Hospital in Farmville where he succumbed to his injuries. Trooper Dowell becomes the Department’s 66th line of duty death. The Chilhowie, Va. native graduated the Virginia State Police’s 122nd Basic Session in November 2014. Since graduation he has been assigned to the Virginia State Police Appomattox Division; his latest assignment was on patrol in Area 20, which encompasses the City of Lynchburg, and Amherst and Campbell counties. He was a member of the Appomattox Division Tactical Team – the equivalent of a SWAT Team. He is survived by his parents and a sister.


Trooper Dowell becomes the Virginia State Police Department’s 66th line of duty death.

“This is an extremely difficult day for the State Police,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We are humbled by Lucas’ selfless sacrifice and grateful for his dedicated service to the Commonwealth. He will forever be remembered by his State Police Family for his great strength of character, tenacity, valor, loyalty and sense of humor.”

Corey Johnson murdered Trooper Lucas Dowell on Feb. 4 2019 and was killed by return fire from Virginia State Police Tactical Team.

The adult male suspect, Corey Johnson, a 44-year-old man who was sentenced decades ago to 23 years in prison for attempted murder and robbery in Chesterfield County. died at the scene.

His remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for examination and autopsy. State police are still in the process of notifying next of kin. The male suspect was the only individual inside the residence at the time of the shooting. The search warrant was being conducted as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation.

At the age of 19, Johnson was convicted in Chesterfield County of attempted murder, robbery and two firearm charges in connection with an incident where he was accused of robbing a man at a bank ATM, according to court papers.

No other troopers were injured in the shooting. In accordance with Virginia State Police policy, the two troopers who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave.

Governor Ralph Northam is offering his condolences in the death of the fallen Virginia State Trooper Lucas B. Dowell, who was killed in the line of duty Monday night.

Northam’s statement reads, “The passing of Trooper Dowell is a great loss to the Commonwealth. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends who knew Trooper Dowell best. We are grateful for his dedication to the safety of our communities, and for all of those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect others.”

Funeral arrangements for Trooper Lucas B. Dowell, who was killed in the line of duty Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in Cumberland County, are as follows.  The public is welcome to attend the visitation and funeral services.

Visitation

Friday, February 8, 2019

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Chilhowie Christian Church

172 Apple Valley Road

Chilhowie, VA 24319

Funeral Service

Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 11:00 AM

Chilhowie Christian Church

172 Apple Valley Road

Chilhowie, VA 24319

Interment

St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery

538 St. James Road

Chilhowie, VA 24319

Condolences

The Dowell family has asked for all condolences to be collected by the VSP Public Relations Office (PRO) at P.O. Box 27472, Richmond, VA 23261.  Condolences can also be made online at www.williamsfuneralhomeofchilhowie.com.

Donations

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Virginia State Police Association – Emergency Relief Fund (ERF). Contributions can be made online at

https://www.vspa.org/donate/erf.html. Please note in the payment reference section, “in memory of” or “in honor of Lucas Dowell.” 

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