Marine veteran turned Virginia trooper killed at bus station shooting

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    In this November 2014 photo provided by the Virginia State Police, trooper Chad P. Dermyer poses for a photo as he receives his graduation diploma from Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty. Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty says Dermyer, died Thursday, March 31, 2016 after being shot multiple times responding to a call at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond. The gunman was shot dead by two other troopers. (Virginia State Police via AP)
    In this November 2014 photo provided by the Virginia State Police, trooper Chad P. Dermyer poses for a photo as he receives his graduation diploma from Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty. Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty says Dermyer, died Thursday, March 31, 2016 after being shot multiple times responding to a call at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond. The gunman was shot dead by two other troopers. (Virginia State Police via AP)

    A gunman shot a Virginia trooper to death in the state capital before being taken down by other officers.

    Police say the state trooper was shot at a busy bus terminal in Richmond before a couple of fellow soldiers gunned down the armed man.

    Two civilians, both women, were also shot but were expected to recover.

    The trooper, identified as Chad P. , died Thursday after being shot multiple times, officials said.

    Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty said investigators were looking into what sparked the shootout.

    had been participating with about a dozen other troopers in a training exercise at the bus station when a brief encounter with the gunman quickly turned violent, he said.

    The latest updates, courtesy of the Associated Press

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a state trooper and gunman at a busy Virginia bus station (all times local):

    1:45 p.m.

    The man who police say fatally shot a Virginia state trooper at a Richmond bus station had a lengthy criminal record in Illinois.

    Court records show 34-year-old James Brown III of Aurora was charged with attempted murder in 2001 before pleading guilty to lesser charges. He was sentenced to four years in prison, with credit for time served.

    In 2006, Brown was charged with unlawfully possessing a weapon and body armor as a felon and drug charges. Court records show he pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and the other charges were dropped. He was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison.

    Records show that Brown pleaded guilty in 2012 to domestic battery and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

    Police say Brown shot Trooper Chad P. several times at the Greyhound bus station Thursday before Brown was killed by two other troopers.

    11:40 a.m.

    Greyhound says its Richmond bus station will soon reopen after a police say a gunman fatally shot a trooper before he was killed.

    A company spokeswoman said the bus terminal will reopen at 1 p.m. Friday and service will resume at 2 p.m.

    Police say 34-year-old James Brown III of Aurora, Ill fatally shot Trooper Chad P. several times at the station Thursday before Brown was killed by two other troopers.

    Police have not said what they believe motivated the shooting.

    11:00 a.m.

    Authorities have identified an Illinois man as the gunman who fatally shot a Virginia state trooper at a bus station in Richmond.

    State Police identified the man Friday as 34-year-old James Brown III of Aurora, Ill.

    Police say Brown shot Trooper Chad P. several times at the Greyhound bus station Thursday before Brown was killed by two other troopers.

    Police have not said what motivated the shooting.

    Authorities say two women were also injured in the shooting but are expected to recover.

    One of them is a member of the Bingham University track team who was heading to a meet at William & Mary.

    10:50 a.m.

    A prayer vigil is being organized for a Virginia State trooper who was fatally shot a busy bus terminal in Richmond.

    Organizers say a vigil for Trooper Chad P. will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday across from the Greyhound Bus terminal where the shooting occurred Thursday.

    Charles Willis is executive director of United Communities Against Crime, a Richmond-based group that advocates for anti-violence initiatives and is helping to organize the vigil.

    Willis said he expects several hundred people to come out. He said the trooper’s death has “touched so many folks.”

    People are being asked to wear navy blue and to bring a single blue or white rose.

    Police say two women were also injured in the shooting.

    9:50 a.m.

    The Virginia State Police trooper who was fatally shot at a Richmond bus station is being remembered by a family whose dog the trooper recently saved.

    Virginia State Police say 37-year-old Trooper Chad P. died Thursday after being shot multiple times.

    Earlier this year, and another trooper became a mini-viral sensation after they rescued a miniature schnauzer named Pinta that was dodging cars on I-644 and I-64 in Hampton. The rescue was highlighted on Hampton’sWVEC TV station and received attention on social media.

    Jeffrey Corbin, Pinta’s owner, said he briefly met when he returned the dog. Corbin said he previously perceived state troopers as having little personality and being “all business” but said had a “warm persona about him.”

    9:20 a.m.

    A Binghamton University official says one of two women injured in a shooting at a busy bus terminal in Virginia is a member of the school’s track team.

    Ryan Yarosh, a spokesman for the school in New York, said Friday that the team was on its way to a meet at the College of William & Mary when the shooting occurred at the Greyhound station Thursday. He says the woman’s injuries are non-life threatening.

    Yarosh says school officials have been in touch with the woman’s parents and have arranged for counselors to be available for students.

    Yarosh said he couldn’t disclose her name.

    State Trooper Chad was fatally shot at the bus station while conducting a training exercise. Authorities have said another civilian woman also was injured and is expected to recover.

    9:15 a.m.

    A Virginia state trooper who was fatally shot at a busy bus terminal in the capital city of Richmond is being mourned in Michigan, where he grew up and formerly served as a police officer.

    Virginia State Police say 37-year-old Trooper Chad P. died Thursday after being shot multiple times. Police say , the father of two children, was a native of Jackson, Michigan, and a former Marine who had served on the force in Jackson and Newport News, Virginia.

    The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports (http://bit.ly/1q97IK0) that kept in touch with friends in Michigan and visited last summer. Matt Miller, who lives in Jackson, played soccer with and against since they were children. He described as a good guy and a strong athlete.

    4:35 a.m.

    Virginia State Police say a trooper has died after a shooting at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond.

    Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty says the trooper, Chad , died Thursday after being shot multiple times.

    State Police have said two civilians were also shot at the terminal. The gunman was shot dead by two other troopers.

    The Greyhound station is west of the city’s downtown area, across from Richmond’s minor league baseball stadium and within a former industrial area. It’s on a main thoroughfare connecting a residential district to the stadium and nearby restaurants.

    City Councilwoman Rita Trammell was at the scene of the shooting and says it was a “senseless act.”

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