The motive behind the shooting is still unknown and will probably be harder to figure out, now. What do you think happened?
The state trooper who died after a gunman opened fire at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond, Virginia, on Thursday has been identified as a 37-year-old who joined the force two years ago.
Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer died hours after he was shot by a gunman shortly after 2.45pm.
Two women – including a member of the Binghamton University track team – were also shot but are expected to survive. The gunman, who has not been identified, died in the shootout.
The first shot fired was ‘directly at the trooper’, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.
Dermyer is a father of two and a former Marine who joined the force in 2014, according to the New York Daily News.
His former police department, the Newport-News Police Department in Virginia released a touching statement about his death.
The statement said: ‘Trooper Dermyer is fondly remembered by all who knew him. While with NNPD, he served with his partner (former) Officer Cyndi Grace for a number of years and they were known and referred to throughout the department as “Gracemyer”.
‘NNPD Assistant Chief Joe More said, “Chad Dermyer was a member of our police department family. He had an excellent reputation and he was an outstanding officer.” Trooper Dermyer is survived by his wife and two young children.
‘A loss of this magnitude cannot be put into words…our hearts are broken. We feel incredibly blessed to have known Chad and to have been on his team.
‘Rest in peace, friend, we have the watch now. Please keep Trooper Dermyer’s family, friends and co-workers in your thoughts and prayers in the days to come.’
Initially, State Police had said in a news release that two troopers were taken to a hospital, but Geller later told reporters that only one had been hurt.
Police confirmed that a male suspect pulled out a gun and shot a state trooper at the entrance to the bus station.
Two other troopers returned fire, fatally wounding the gunman who later died in hospital. Police have identified the gunman but will not release his name until his next of kin his notified.
Police did not provide any information on the gunman and did not say why he was at the bus station. Police did say that “the shooter continued to be combative as police took him into custody’.
One of the four injured is a female track athlete who was en route to a meet at the College of William and Mary, according to WVEC.
All four were taken to VCU medical center in Richmond, where the trooper and the gunman were pronounced dead.
Virginia State Police were on a training exercise at the bus station when the gunman opened fire, Geller said.
Dermyer, who had recently been transferred to an counter-terrorism unit, was among roughly a dozen troopers participating in a training session
Dermyer was dressed in a fatigue-style uniform and was not wearing a protective vest, Virginia State Police Superintendent Col Steven Flaherty said.
A SWAT team was seen at the scene minutes after gunshots were heard.
The motive behind the shooting is not known.