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Virginia Shooting: Trooper Killed During Bus Station Confrontation

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By    |   Friday, 01 Apr 2016 12:47 PM

A Virginia state trooper died in a shooting at a Greyhound bus station on Thursday in Richmond, Virginia. The suspect was also killed and two others were injured.

Virginia State Police said Trooper Chad Dermyer was shot multiple times while talking to the suspect, WTVR-TV reported.

Other troopers returned fire, killing the suspect, and two other civilians received non life-threatening injuries. All four were transported to VCU Medical Center.

The suspect was identified as 34-year-old James Brown III, of Aurora, Illinois, The Associated Press reported. Police didn’t give a motive.

Dermyer was participating in a training exercise at the bus station when the shooting occurred, the AP noted. Two women injured during the incident included a member of Binghamton University’s track team, who was on her way to a meet.

Dermyer was a native of Jackson, Michigan, a former Marine, and a married father of two children. He graduated from the state police academy in 2014 and was a former Jackson and Newport News police officer, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Dermyer approached the suspect and was talking to him when he opened fire, the newspaper reported.

“Why he reacted, why he had a gun in his waistband, we don’t know,” Virginia State Police Superintendent W. Steven Flaherty said.

The suspect reportedly had a history of criminal charges.

Vincent Smith, who works at a U-Haul Moving and Storage facility next to the bus station, said he saw police officers carrying shields and assault weapons, and an officer told him to stay inside and lock the doors, CBS News reported.

"The police units just poured in like a river," he said. "I went to the end of the lot and there must have been 30 units just a block away."

Governor Terry McAuliffe released a statement saying he was “heartbroken” by the shooting.

“Like so many brave Virginia men and women, Trooper Dermyer put on a uniform and risked his life every day to keep us safe, first as a U.S. Marine and then as a police officer. He was a husband, a father and a hero who was taken from us too soon," McAuliffe said.

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