Va. trooper's death came in training exercise gone awry

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 4:17 PM

S. Marine and married father of two dead. Trooper Chad Dermyer, thirty-seven, was one of a dozen VA state police troopers taking portion in the exercise at a Greyhound bus terminal in Richmond.

Va. trooper's death came in training exercise gone awry

A training exercise at a VA bus Sta turned tragic Thursday, when a state trooper confronted a gunman who opened fire, leaving the former U. S. Marine and married father of two dead.

Trooper Chad Dermyer, thirty-seven, was one of a dozen VA state police troopers taking portion in the exercise at a Greyhound bus terminal in Richmond. VA State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty said investigators don't know what sparked the shooting, but that the troopers were practicing interdiction when a confrontation turned violent.

"We've got a lot of proof to sift through," Flaherty said. The identity of the gunman, who was also killed, wasn't immediately released.

“Like so many intrepid VA men and women, Trooper Dermyer keep on a uniform and risked his life every day to hold us safe, first as a U. S. Marine and then as a police officer.”

- VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Two women who were interior the terminal were wounded by gunshots but expected to survive, according to VA State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

The bus Sta is three miles N of VA Commonwealth University’s downtown Richmond campus, and across the Str from a minor league baseball stadium.

Police said the incident occurred at 2:40 p. m., when Dermyer approached a man just interior the bus station. The man pulled out a handgun and shot the trooper, who was wearing fatigues and number protective vest, multiple times. Two state troopers who were nearby returned fire, and the suspect ran into a restaurant interior the terminal, police said.

Even after police subdued the shooter, and as EMS workers aided him, he continued to be combative, police said. He died later at VCU Medical Center. Police know who he was, but hadn't yet contacted his next-of-kin. His gun was recovered, police said.

Details about the training exercise were scant. Police called it “specialized training on criminal interdiction practices,” and said the troopers had completed the classroom instruction and were conducting field practicals at the time the shooting occurred.

“Trooper Dermyer’s encounter with the male subject was portion of the training,” police said in a statement.

Dermyer, who also died later Thursday afternoon at VCU Medical Center, was a Jackson, Mich., who'd graduated from the VA State Police School in two thousand-fourteenth. He'd recently transferred to the state police CounterTerrorism and Criminal Interdiction Unit.

Prior to becoming a trooper, Dermyer had been a police officer in Newport News, Va., and in his hometown. He also served in the Marines for four years.

VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe praised Dermyer for a career spent serving and protecting Americans.

“Like so many intrepid VA men and women, Trooper Dermyer keep on a uniform and risked his life every day to hold us safe, first as a U. S. Marine and then as a police officer,” McAuliffe said. “This is a loss that impacts us all. It should inspire prayers for the family, friends and fellow troopers who are mourning tonight, and gratitude for those who defend and serve.“

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