Texas men charged in police shootings; injured Lewisburg officers said to be in ‘good spirits’

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia State Police have released the names of the two Texas men who are charged with shooting two Lewisburg police officers Thursday afternoon on Interstate 64. Police said the pair would also be charged in the murders of a North Carolina couple.

State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous said Edward Campbell, 54, and his son, Eric Campbell, 21, of Indian Acres, Texas, are facing malicious assault and attempted murder of a police officer charges in West Virginia. 

Eric Campbell of Texas is being held in the Southern Regional Jail without bail.
Eric Campbell of Texas is being held in the Southern Regional Jail without bail.

Lewisburg Police Chief Tim Stover told MetroNews Friday morning his officers were in good condition at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.

Chief Stover said “their spirits are high.”

Lewisburg PD officers Jeromy Dove and Nicholas Sams suffered what Chief Stover called superficial wounds in the shooting that started after a North Carolina license plate on a SUV was tagged as being stolen. It was being driven by Eric Campbell. Police said Edward Campbell was driving a red truck that was traveling with his son and he also stopped. Police said Edward Campbell fired shots at Dove and Sams. One of the officers was able to return fire.

Edward Campbell was arrested in a wooded area near the shooting scene. Eric Campbell was taken into custody a few miles from the scene after he had driven away.

Edward Campbell is being treated at Charleston Area Medical Center for a leg wound. Police said he would be arrested upon his release. Eric Campbell is being held without bail in the Southern Regional Jail.

Police said the bodies of a man and woman, believed to be those of a murdered North Carolina couple, were found under a mattress in the red truck. The Granville County, North Carolina Sheriff told MetroNews Friday morning the Campbells would be charged with murder.

Dove is a veteran officer with the Lewisburg PD, while Sams just graduated from the State Police Academy Dec. 19.


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