The Virginia State Police confirmed that the state trooper who was shot by a gunman at the Richmond Greyhound bus station on Thursday is dead. Two women were also injured in the incident. The gunman who opened fire at the bus station also died.
“It’s with an incredibly heavy heart tonight that I announce to you the loss of Police Trooper Chad Dermyer,” the NBC News quoted Virginia State Police Superintendent Steven Flaherty as saying at a press conference on Thursday night.
According to Flaherty, Trooper Chad Dermyer, 37, died after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds. He was survived by a wife and two kids. Dermyer, a former Marine, is from Jackson in Michigan, US, and was posted to the Hampton/Newport news area, the CBS 6 News reported.
Flaherty added that Dermyer was taking part in a police training mission before he was shot.
State Police Spokeswoman Corinne Geller said that Dermyer, who was in a military fatigue style uniform, approached the man at the entrance to the Richmond Greyhound bus station when the latter suddenly pulled out a gun and shot him at a close range.
“We heard a lot of yelling inside and we saw a few people run out, then we saw a bunch of police cars come in,” said a witness, Sarah Newman, 22, of Nashville. “They brought out the trooper and the other victims … He had blood all over him and his eyes were lifeless.”
The two injured civilian women were shot after Dermyer, according to Geller. The Fox News reported that the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center confirmed that multiple persons with injuries were brought in after the shooting.
Flaherty said that the police identified the gunman, but is not revealing the identity as they are still in the process of notifying the next of kin. The man does not have an address in Virginia.