Trooper Killed In Greyhound Bus Station Shooting

April 1, 2016

A Virginia state trooper was killed and two civilians wounded after a gunman opened fire at a busy bus terminal, police have said.

Trooper Chad Dermyer died after being shot repeatedly at the Greyhound bus station in Richmond on Thursday.

The 37-year-old father-of-two had been taking part in a training exercise at the station with around a dozen other troopers when an encounter with the gunman turned violent.

Virginia State Police Superintendent Colonel Steven Flaherty said Trooper Dermyer was dressed in a fatigue-style uniform and was not wearing a protective vest.

Two women were wounded in the shooting, but they injuries were not life-threatening, according to State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Virginia State Police identified the gunman on Friday as James Brown, 34, of Aurora, Illinois.

Dozens of officers in tactical gear flooded the station after the shooting, which took place in an area close to a minor league baseball stadium and a number of restaurants.

Najee Wilson, 18, of Newark, New Jersey, said his bus was pulling up to the station when he heard three gunshots and saw people running for cover.

He said: “We heard a lot of people screaming. It definitely was a scary experience.”

Reva Trammell, a city councilwoman, described it as “the saddest day in the city of Richmond”.

She said: “State troopers doing their job and innocent people shot. Why? This is a senseless act.”

Richmond Police Department Chief Alfred Durham said: “It’s unfortunate these are the days we’re living in, where folks want to harm law enforcement.

“We just want our officers to end their shifts and to go home to their families.”

Greyhound issued a statement on Thursday saying the Richmond bus station would be closed “until further notice”.

Originally from Jackson, Michigan,Trooper Dermyer was a former Marine.

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