Details Emerge on Richmond Bus Station Shooter, Trooper

One day after a conversation between a Virginia State Police Trooper and a man turned deadly in a busy Richmond, Virginia bus station, details have emerged about the alleged shooter, James Brown III, and trooper Chad P. Dermyer.

Chad P. Dermyer, Virginia State Police Trooper, 62nd Virginia State Police Trooper Killed in the Line of Duty

Supporters gathered this evening for a prayer vigil in memory of Chad P. Dermyer who was killed in the line of duty on March 31, 2016, becoming the 62nd Virginia State Police Trooper killed in the line of duty.

Dermyer, 37, was the Virginia State Police Trooper who, during a training exercise for the counterterrorism unit to which he’d recently been transferred, had engaged James Brown III in conversation at the Richmond Greyhound bus station.

The state trooper who is survived by his wife, Michelle, and two children, was originally from Jackson, Michigan. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Dermyer worked as a policeman in Jackson and in Newport News, Virginia before joining the Virginia State Police in 2014.

In 2015, Dermyer and his partner rescued a lost dog running loose on an interstate in Hampton, Virginia, gaining social media fame. In June of 2015, Dermyer was the trooper who pulled over Tonya Slaton, the woman who was found to have been carrying the body of her deceased son in the trunk of her car since she had killed him 10 years earlier.

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James Brown III of Aurora, Illinois Identified as Alleged Shooter at Richmond Bus Station

The man who police allege shot and killed Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer in a Richmond, Virginia Greyhound bus terminal has been identified as James Brown III, 34, of Aurora, Illinois.

NYDailyNews.com reported that Brown had an extensive criminal history that included murder, intent to kill, aggravated battery with a firearm, failure to obey police, aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and resisting a corrections officer.

Brown’s aunt, Edith Brown, the woman who helped raise him spoke to reporters, explaining that her nephew may have been motivated by his grievances with law enforcement. Ms. Brown said of her nephew, β€œHe had a lot of anger about the police in the past. He pretty much thought that he wanted to be infamous … in terms of having a showdown. He always praised those people who got into shootouts with police.”

James Brown III is alleged to have shot Trooper Chad P. Dermyer several times at point-blank range with a .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun. Investigators later found more than 140 spare rounds of ammunition in Brown’s bags. Col. W. Steven Flaherty, superintendent with the Virginia State Police said that the gun Brown is alleged to have used was purchased legally 13 months ago, but by someone else who remains unnamed at this time.

Flaherty expressed concern that a man with Brown’s history of violent felonies could obtain a gun and that β€œhe is out given his history and that he was able to travel.”


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