An “armed and dangerous” Marine who deserted his post in North Carolina has been named a suspect in the Virginia shooting death of his mother’s live-in boyfriend, according to a new report.
Michael Alexander Brown, 22, a combat engineer who left his post last month, is wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Rodney Wilfred Brown, 54, in the unincorporated community of Hardy, local outlet WFXR reported.
The motive is unclear.
Neighbor Kenneth Meador said he was shocked to hear what had happened.
“When I heard there’d been a shooting, [I] didn’t even think about Rodney, because I’ve known Rodney,” Meador told the station. “He grew up here, I did too. We were friends, neighbors.”
“Rodney was a super nice guy,” he added. “He was really polite, worked hard. Just a great guy.”
Michael Brown is believed to be carrying a high-powered rifle and may have access to other weapons, the Craven County Sheriff’s Office said, calling him “armed and dangerous,” according to the report.
He was initially thought to be driving a 1976 white Cadillac with no registered plates, but now authorities think he may be behind the wheel of a black 2007 Lincoln Town Car with a North Carolina license plate.
Cops suspect he is back in North Carolina — noting that his last known address was in New Bern, around 250 miles southeast of Franklin County and 50 miles north of Camp Lejeune.
With Post wires