Suspect in Hardy killing charged with second-degree murder, use of a firearm

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Franklin County Sheriff's Office has issued an arrest warrant for suspect in murder of man in Hardy.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for suspect in murder of man in Hardy.

HARDY, Va. (WFXR) — Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for suspect in murder of a man in Hardy.

Michael Alexander Brown is charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the killing of Rodney Brown.

The Sheriff’s Office says charges may be modified as additional evidence becomes available and is reviewed.

Brown is considered armed and dangerous and the public is urged to use extreme caution if contact is made with him, says the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies believe 54-year-old Rodney Brown was shot and killed by his live-in girlfriend’s son, 22-year-old Michael Alexander Brown, just before noon. They say there is no apparent motive in the murder and that Michael remains at-large.

Kenneth Meador says he still can’t believe what happened to his neighbor. He says he was home at the time and heard the sirens up the road, but didn’t think anything of it.

“Then when I heard there’d been a shooting, didn’t even think about Rodney, because I’ve known Rodney. He grew up here, I did too. We were friends, neighbors,” said Meador.

Michael is a Marine, last stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, and deserted his post as a combat engineer around October 18, according to deputies. He was last seen in and around Franklin County over the past two weeks, but deputies say it is unclear where he may be headed or may be staying.

They say Michael has been known to live in the woods and frequent National Parks and Forests. He is believed to be armed with a high-powered rifle and may have access to other weapons.

Anyone who comes into contact with Michael Brown should use extreme caution and contact law enforcement immediately. He has recently been driving a 2008 black Lincoln Town Car with a possible NC license plate, EHP-4877. Anyone with information on this homicide or the location of Michael Alexander Brown is urged to contact Sgt. Nolen at (540) 483-6662.

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