- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 31, 2016

Chad Dermyer has been identified as the Virginia State Trooper killed in a Thursday afternoon shooting at the Greyhound bus station in Richmond that ended with the death of the gunman at the hands of other state troopers.

Trooper Dermyer is a Marine veteran originally from Jackson, Michigan, according to Col. W. Steven Flaherty, the Virginia State Police superintendent.

The 37-year-old trooper had been with the Virginia State Police since 2014 and had recently been transferred to the department’s counterterrorism unit, Col. Flaherty said at a news conference Thursday evening.

He lived in Gloucester with his wife Michelle and two children, a son and a daughter, Col. Flaherty said.

“I would ask that everyone keep the family in their thoughts and prayers” after this “tragedy,” he said.



Col. Flaherty had few details about Trooper Dermyer’s killer. He did say that authorities knew his name but were “in the process of notifying next of kin” and would not release the name Thursday night.

The superintendent said the two men had a “brief interaction” that lasted less than 30 seconds before the other man pulled out a gun and shot Trooper Dermyer in the chest.

The gunman then fled into a restaurant before being cut down by troopers who were already nearby, Col. Flaherty said. Two civilians, both adult women, were also hurt but are expected to survive.

Trooper Dermyer was in a fatigue-style uniform but not wearing a bulletproof vest, which the superintendent said is not mandatory for this unit’s routine.

Col. Flaherty said that while much remained uncertain, there was no indication that the killer was a terrorist or acting from terror-related motives.

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