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State Police identify man who allegedly killed trooper

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RICHMOND, Va. (WSLS 10) - Virginia State Police have identified the man who killed a trooper Thursday.

James Brown III (Photos: WLS-TV/Aurora Police Department)
James Brown III (Photos: WLS-TV/Aurora Police Department)

Police say James Brown III, 34, of Aurora, Illinois shot and killed Trooper Chad P. Dermyer.

Trooper Dermyer is the 62nd Virginia State Police Trooper to be killed in the line of duty during the Department's 84-year history.

In honor of Trooper Dermyer, his patrol car is on display in front of the Virginia State Police Administrative Headquarters in North Chesterfield County.

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Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

A news conference is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today at the Virginia State Police Headquarters in Chesterfield.

Greyhound announced is Richmond station will reopen at 1 p.m. on Friday, with services departing from Richmond beginning at 2 p.m.

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Both Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer and the shooting suspect are dead after a shooting at the Greyhound bus station on North Boulevard in Richmond.

State police say Dermyer, 37, a Jackson, Michigan native, was transported by ambulance to VCU Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries when he eventually died. Two civilians were also transported from the scene by ambulance to VCU Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect was taken to VCU Medical Center where he died. He has been identified, but state police will not release his identity until state police is notified. One of the two civilians hurt is a female track athlete at Binghamton University.

Police say that Dermyer leaves behind a wife and two children. He was a member of VSP's 122nd basic graduating class in November 2014.

At 2:45 p.m., state police encountered a man just inside the entrance of the Greyhound Bus Station at 2910 N. Boulevard in Richmond. As the trooper began talking to him, the man pulled out a firearm and shot the trooper, according to state police. Two Virginia State Police troopers nearby returned fire. The bus station is four miles north of VCU's main campus.

No other law enforcement or civilians were injured in the incident. The incident remains under investigation at this time. The City of Richmond Police Department, FBI, US Marshals Service, ATF, Henrico County Police, and US Department of Homeland Security responded to the scene to assist.

The City of Richmond and GRTC bus service have helped arrange for other Greyhound passengers to continue on their travels.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe released this statement following the shooting:

I have spoken with the Mayor of Richmond and the Superintendent of the Virginia State Police and offered whatever state resources may be necessary to respond to this situation. Our public safety team and I will continue to monitor the situation and support State Police and local authorities in their response and investigation of this incident.

Richmond city officials released the following statement:

Mayor Jones has been fully briefed on the shooting incident on the Boulevard at the Greyhound Bus Station. He is in constant contact with Richmond Police Chief Al Durham. The matter is under the jurisdiction of the Virginia State Police and Richmond Police officials are fully engaged and acting in a supporting role at this time.

Mayor Jones has also made contact with Governor Terry McAuliffe and the City and State are working collaboratively to respond to this incident.

The Mayor is asking citizens to avoid the impacted area to allow law enforcement and emergency responders to function as efficiently as possible in responding to this incident and stabilizing the scene.

Greyhound released this statement regarding the shooting:

Our Richmond, Va. station is closed until further notice and we are actively working with the authorities.

Please check http://bit.ly/GHServiceAlert for updates for when service will begin again. We will re-route customers as possible and we will re-issue tickets once we resume service if you are supposed to travel to or from Richmond today.