A Virginia State Police trooper has died after being shot multiple times by an assailant at a Richmond Greyhound station yesterday.
Trooper Chad Dermyer, 37, was engaged in a training exercise along with several other officers when the suspect allegedly approached him. A brief conversation ensued before the suspect pulled a gun and opened fire on Trooper Dermyer, striking him multiple times.
Other troopers nearby saw the shooting and opened fire on the suspect, killing him.
Although the identity of the suspect has not yet been released by police, sources have told a local CBS affiliate that the suspect was a man well known to the criminal justice system.
The man's aunt told the local affiliate that she was not surprised by the shooting, adding, "He had a lot of anger about the police in the past. He pretty much thought he wanted to be infamous...in terms of having a showdown. He always praised those people who got into shootouts with police."
Trooper Dermyer was a Marine Corps veteran and had been with the Virginia State Police since 2014. He is survived by his wife and two children.