Since we first broke the news yesterday, two people have died as a result of the shooting at a Virginia Greyhound station — Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer and the shooter himself.
And now, the shooter has been identified as a black man with a long criminal past who reportedly hated cops.
Via Fox News:A training exercise at a Virginia bus station turned tragic Thursday when a state trooper was shot and killed — reportedly by a gunman with a long criminal past who hated cops. Trooper Chad Dermyer, a 37-year-old Marine vet and married father of two, was one of a dozen Virginia state police troopers taking part in the training at a Greyhound bus terminal in Richmond when a confrontation with the gunman turned violent.
An official source and a relative speaking to WTVR identified the gunman as 34-year-old James Brown III of Aurora, Ill., a Chicago suburb.
“He had a lot of anger about the police in the past,” his aunt, Edith Brown, reportedly told the station. “He said he would never go back to prison again… he would fight it out with them.” It’s not yet clear why he was in Richmond.
Investigators are piecing together what sparked the shooting, Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty said, adding that the troopers were practicing interdiction.
“We’ve got a lot of evidence to sift through,” Flaherty said.
James Brown III previously faced a slew of charges including murder and domestic battery, WTVR reports, adding that it’s not clear whether any charges led to convictions.
“He pretty much thought he wanted to be infamous… in terms of having a showdown. He always praised those people who got into shootouts with police,” his aunt told the news station.
Two women inside the terminal were wounded by gunshots but expected to survive, according to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.
Even after police subdued the shooter, and as EMS workers aided him, he continued to be combative, police said. He died later at VCU Medical Center. His gun was recovered, police said.
Now, we can’t say for certain at this point what the killer’s motive was, but we sure have some pretty darn good clues, given his history and reported hate of cops. And unless Mr. Brown had been living in a total media blackout, no doubt his hate of cops had received some extra reinforcements in recent years, courtesy of the Black Lives Matter movement, and condoned by none other than our own Divider in Chief, President Obama. Yes, he has condoned this by what he chooses to condemn and/or support and what he ignores, as well as his open support of the movement that continues to terrorize cops.
Which is exactly why you won’t hear a peep out of the president regarding this tragedy that killed a state trooper and Marine vet. No, President Obama won’t be sending representatives to the funeral of Trooper Chad Dermyer, a 37-year-old Marine vet and married father of two.
And no doubt he’s hoping we’ll all just move right along, nothing to see here…
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]