VSP identifies gunman who killed state trooper; prayer vigil planned

(WJHL/AP) – Virginia State Police say they’ve identified the gunman who killed a state trooper Thursday afternoon at Richmond bus station.

The suspect has been identified as 34-year-old James Brown III of Aurora, IL.

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

State troopers say Brown killed VSP trooper Chad Dermyer. Trooper Dermyer is the 62nd trooper to be killed in the line of duty during the department’s 84-year history.

VSP will honor Dermyer by displaying his patrol car in front of their Administrative Headquarters in North Chesterfield County.

Trooper Dermyer's Patrol Car (Source: Virginia State Police)
Trooper Dermyer’s Patrol Car (Source: Virginia State Police)

In addition, state troopers have scheduled a press conference for 3:30 p.m. ad the VSP Administrative Headquarters.

Funeral arrangements for Dermyer have not been announced. A prayer vigil is being organized.

Organizers say a vigil for Trooper 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.

VSP Trooper Dermyer receiving his graduation diploma from VSP Col. W. Steven Flaherty. (Virginia State Police)
VSP Trooper Dermyer receiving his graduation diploma from VSP Col. W. Steven Flaherty. (Virginia State Police)

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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