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Search warrant reveals three license plates, wig and a ‘to-do list’ in suspect’s car

Thursday, Aug. 27 | By Michael Melkonian
State police have found three license plates, a wig, a to-do list and a handgun with six magazines of ammunition in the car of shooting suspect Vester Lee Flanagan II.

Flanagan, the main suspect in the on-air shooting of a Virginia broadcaster, her cameraman and an interviewee, shot himself in the head and crashed his car in Fauquier County after state police attempted to pull his Chevrolet Sonic over on Interstate 66.

Special Agent John A. Defilippi of the Virginia State Police filed a search warrant with the Fauquier County magistrate and the items were found in Flanagan's rental car after the crash.

At 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, two WDBJ 7 employees, reporter Allison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, were shot and killed during a live news segment in Moneta, Va. A third gunshot victim, Vicki Gardner, is in stable condition after surgery. She was being interviewed on camera.

The suspect, Flanagan, was thought to be driving a vehicle pinged by state police traveling on I-66 around 11 a.m. State Trooper Pamela Neff called for backup and initiated a traffic stop near Markham.

But the car, traveling under the speed limit, didn’t slow down, speed up or or stop for state police. After less than two miles the vehicle ran off the road and struck the embankment in the median. When troopers approached the vehicle they found the suspect had shot himself in the head, according to the search warrant. There was limited damage to the vehicle.

Flanagan was taken by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he later died.

Also found in his vehicle: an iPhone, assorted handwritten and typed notes, and seventeen stamped letters.

Flanagan Search Warrant


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