A 37-year old Virginia State Police trooper died Thursday after being shot at a Greyhound Bus station in Richmond.
Shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday, Trooper Chad P. Dermyer approached a man right outside the front doors of the station, according to a press release from the Virginia State Police.
As they were speaking, the man produced a handgun, shooting the trooper multiple times. As he continued to fire the gun, two additional troopers nearby returned gunfire. The man moved into the station’s restaurant.
As he was being taken into custody and while EMS were trying to render aid to him, the suspect continued to be combative. He was transported to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, where he died later in the afternoon.
His body was transported to the chief medical examiner for an autopsy and examination. At the time of the release, state police had identified the shooter, but were holding his identity pending next-of-kin notification. His handgun was recovered at the scene of the shooting.
During the shooting, two adult women inside the bus terminal were shot. They were also transported to VCU Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No other law enforcement personnel or civilians were injured, according to state police.
Dermyer was part of a group of approximately 12 state police troopers participating in a specialized criminal interdiction practices training. The group had completed the classroom instruction and were in the process of conducting field practicals at the time of the shooting. Dermyer’s encounter with the suspect was part of the training, according to the release.
Dermyer was in uniform when the shooting occurred. He was transported to VCU Medical Center, where he died from his injuries later Thursday afternoon.
He was a native of Jackson, Michigan, and graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in November 2014. He was originally assigned to patrol at the Chesapeake Division’s Area 46 office, which covers the cities of Newport News and Hampton. Dermyer was recently transferred to the VSP counter-terrorism and criminal interdiction unit. He served with the City of Newport News Police Department and the Jackson, Michigan, Police Department prior to becoming a state trooper. Dermyer served four years with the United States Marine Corps.
The release said he is survived by a wife and two young children.
The Richmond Police Department immediately responded to the shooting scene to help state police secure the location, interview witnesses and collect evidence. Additionally, the FBI, ATF, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals Service and Henrico County Police responded to assist.
The investigation remains ongoing.