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Two charged in connection
with trooper's shooting death

 Associated Press
February 21, 2006 | Last updated 1:02 PM Feb. 21

RICHMOND -- Two West Virginia residents face charges stemming from a crash that led to the shooting death of a Virginia state trooper in Clarke County.

Police believe that 27-year-old Trooper Kevin Manion was shot in the chest on Sunday when a gun in an overturned pickup truck discharged as it was being towed.

Virginia State Police say 58-year-old David Ferrebee of Charles Town, W.Va., is charged with driving under the influence and possession of a firearm by a felon. His passenger, 38-year-old Belinda Brown of Summit Point, is charged with being drunk in public.

State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says police have not released the type of weapon that went off. Geller says a ballistics test is expected to confirm investigators' theory about how the gun went off.

Manion was from Bath County. His funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge.