The Latest: Supporters of slain trooper gather for vigil

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Posted: Apr 01, 2016 6:52 PM
The Latest: Supporters of slain trooper gather for vigil

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a state trooper and gunman at a busy Virginia bus station (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

Supporters of a slain Virginia state trooper are gathering for a prayer vigil a day after his death.

Virginia State Police say 37-year-old Trooper Chad P. Dermyer died Thursday after being shot multiple times by a gunman who was subsequently killed by two other troopers at the Richmond Greyhound bus station.

More than 100 supporters, including uniformed police officers of several local departments, came to the Virginia Commonwealth University Siegel Center on Friday evening to pay their respects to Dermyer.

Charles Willis is executive director of United Communities Against Crime, a Richmond-based group that advocates for anti-violence initiatives and is helping to organize the vigil. He said the trooper's death has "touched so many folks."

Dermyer is survived by a wife and two children.

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5:15 p.m.

A woman who dated the Virginia bus station gunman says he frequently expressed his hatred toward police and once nearly choked her to death after she broke up with him.

A former girlfriend of James Brown III spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because she said she fears for her safety.

Court records show that a judge granted a protection order against Brown in 2011 by his ex-girlfriend's request. Brown pleaded guilty in 2012 to domestic battery and aggravated battery of pregnant woman. He was released from prison in March 2014.

Authorities said Brown shot Virginia state trooper Chad Dermyer at a Richmond bus station Thursday before being killed by two other troopers.

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4:15 p.m.

Authorities say the gunman who opened fire in a bus station and killed a state trooper was an ex-con who had more than 140 rounds of ammunition with him.

State police superintendent Steven Flaherty said Friday that there were more than a dozen state troopers, special agents and supervisors going through a counterterrorism training exercise in a bus station when James Brown III killed a state trooper within seconds. The police superintendent says surveillance footage from the bus station helped authorities piece together what happened moments before the shooting. Brown was at the bus station at a stopover on his way to Chicago.

He was seated in a restaurant at the terminal and then walked toward his bags near the front entrance. He encountered Trooper Chad P. Dermyer, who may have made some small talk with Brown. Brown pulled a handgun and started firing just inches from the trooper's chest.

The police superintendent said he wasn't sure why Brown started shooting. He said the gun was legally purchased more than a year ago, but not by Brown.

Two troopers also in the training exercise fatally shot Brown. Two other women were also injured.

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3:00 p.m.

The Virginia State Police trooper who was fatally shot at a Richmond bus station discovered a dead body in the trunk of a women's car last year, making one of the most high-profile arrests in recent years.

Virginia State Police say 37-year-old Trooper Chad P. Dermyer died Thursday after being shot multiple times. Last year, Dermyer pulled over Tonya M. Slaton on Interstate 64 because her license plates were expired. Dermyer eventually searched the car and authorities say he found the remains of Slaton's son, who had been missing for a decade.

Slaton has since been charged with murder.

Dermyer's former partner, Cyndi Grace, said the Slaton traffic stop highlighted Dermyer's skill as a meticulous and thorough police officer.

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2:30 p.m.

A Binghamton University official says the student who was injured during a shooting at a Virginia bus station has been released from the hospital.

Spokesman Ryan Yarosh said the woman was released Friday. The school said the student was a member of the track team and was traveling to William & Mary for a meet when the shooting occurred.

Police say James Brown of Aurora, Illinois, shot Trooper Chad P. Dermyer several times at the Greyhound bus station Thursday before Brown was killed by two other troopers.

Officials have not released the names of the student or the woman who was injured. Police have not said how the two women were injured.

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1:45 p.m.

The man who police say fatally shot a Virginia state trooper at a Richmond bus station had a lengthy criminal record in Illinois.

Court records show 34-year-old James Brown III of Aurora was charged with attempted murder in 2001 before pleading guilty to lesser charges. He was sentenced to four years in prison, with credit for time served.

In 2006, Brown was charged with unlawfully possessing a weapon and body armor as a felon and drug charges. Court records show he pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and the other charges were dropped. He was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison.

Records show that Brown pleaded guilty in 2012 to domestic battery and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

Police say Brown shot Trooper Chad P. Dermyer several times at the Greyhound bus station Thursday before Brown was killed by two other troopers.

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11:40 a.m.

Greyhound says its Richmond bus station will soon reopen after a police say a gunman fatally shot a trooper before he was killed.

A company spokeswoman said the bus terminal will reopen at 1 p.m. Friday and service will resume at 2 p.m.

Police say 34-year-old James Brown III of Aurora, Ill fatally shot Trooper Chad P. Dermyer several times at the station Thursday before Brown was killed by two other troopers.

Police have not said what they believe motivated the shooting.

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11:00 a.m.

Authorities have identified an Illinois man as the gunman who fatally shot a Virginia state trooper at a bus station in Richmond.

State Police identified the man Friday as 34-year-old James Brown III of Aurora, Ill.

Police say Brown shot Trooper Chad P. Dermyer several times at the Greyhound bus station Thursday before Brown was killed by two other troopers.

Police have not said what motivated the shooting.

Authorities say two women were also injured in the shooting but are expected to recover.

One of them is a member of the Bingham University track team who was heading to a meet at William & Mary.

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10:50 a.m.

A prayer vigil is being organized for a Virginia State trooper who was fatally shot a busy bus terminal in Richmond.

Organizers say a vigil for Trooper Chad P. Dermyer will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday across from the Greyhound Bus terminal where the shooting occurred Thursday.

Charles Willis is executive director of United Communities Against Crime, a Richmond-based group that advocates for anti-violence initiatives and is helping to organize the vigil.

Willis said he expects several hundred people to come out. He said the trooper's death has "touched so many folks."

People are being asked to wear navy blue and to bring a single blue or white rose.

Police say two women were also injured in the shooting.

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9:50 a.m.

The Virginia State Police trooper who was fatally shot at a Richmond bus station is being remembered by a family whose dog the trooper recently saved.

Virginia State Police say 37-year-old Trooper Chad P. Dermyer died Thursday after being shot multiple times.

Earlier this year, Dermyer and another trooper became a mini-viral sensation after they rescued a miniature schnauzer named Pinta that was dodging cars on I-664 and I-64 in Hampton. The rescue was highlighted on Hampton's WVEC TV station and received attention on social media.

Jeffrey Corbin, Pinta's owner, said he briefly met Dermyer when he returned the dog. Corbin said he previously perceived state troopers as having little personality and being "all business" but said Dermyer had a "warm persona about him."

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This version corrects interstate to I-664, not I-644.

9:20 a.m.

A Binghamton University official says one of two women injured in a shooting at a busy bus terminal in Virginia is a member of the school's track team.

Ryan Yarosh, a spokesman for the school in New York, said Friday that the team was on its way to a meet at the College of William & Mary when the shooting occurred at the Greyhound station Thursday. He says the woman's injuries are non-life threatening.

Yarosh says school officials have been in touch with the woman's parents and have arranged for counselors to be available for students.

Yarosh said he couldn't disclose her name.

State Trooper Chad Dermyer was fatally shot at the bus station while conducting a training exercise. Authorities have said another civilian woman also was injured and is expected to recover.

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9:15 a.m.

A Virginia state trooper who was fatally shot at a busy bus terminal in the capital city of Richmond is being mourned in Michigan, where he grew up and formerly served as a police officer.

Virginia State Police say 37-year-old Trooper Chad P. Dermyer died Thursday after being shot multiple times. Police say Dermyer, the father of two children, was a native of Jackson, Michigan, and a former Marine who had served on the force in Jackson and Newport News, Virginia.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports (http://bit.ly/1q97IK0) that Dermyer kept in touch with friends in Michigan and visited last summer. Matt Miller, who lives in Jackson, played soccer with and against Dermyer since they were children. He described Dermyer as a good guy and a strong athlete.

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4:35 a.m.

Virginia State Police say a trooper has died after a shooting at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond.

Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty says the trooper, Chad Dermyer, died Thursday after being shot multiple times.

State Police have said two civilians were also shot at the terminal. The gunman was shot dead by two other troopers.

The Greyhound station is west of the city's downtown area, across from Richmond's minor league baseball stadium and within a former industrial area. It's on a main thoroughfare connecting a residential district to the stadium and nearby restaurants.

City Councilwoman Rita Trammell was at the scene of the shooting and says it was a "senseless act."