CHARLOTTESVILLE, V.A. (WVIR) - Authorities have safely apprehended U.S. Marine Michael Alexander Brown, ending a lengthy manhunt.
Brown, a deserter from Camp Lejeune, was taken into custody at his mother’s Franklin County home around 8 a.m. Wednesday, November 27. The 22-year-old is accused of fatally shooting his mother’s boyfriend, Rodney Wilfed Brown, on November 9. He is charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
“This has been an intense manhunt for the past 18 days, covering three states,” Franklin Co. Sheriff W.Q. “Bill” Overton Jr. said. “I am thankful this situation has come to a successful closure with no injury to the public or law enforcement personnel.”
At some point Brown had driven a camper to Roanoke, which prompted schools to close and residents were ordered to shelter in place while police investigated. An armored vehicle was used to destroy the camper.
Brown will remain in custody with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.