Virginia state trooper, suspect dead after shooting at Greyhound station in Richmond

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Credit: WTVR

Credit: WTVR

RICHMOND, Va.  — Four people were shot at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond, Virginia Thursday afternoon.

Virginia State Police Spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in a news conference that four people, including the shooter, were injured.

It all started when a trooper encountered a man at the entrance to the Greyhound bus station. While talking, the suspect pulled out a gun and shot the trooper–who was in his uniform–then two other troopers returned fire. The suspect was shot and taken to the hospital, where he died.

Credit: VA State Police

Credit: VA State Police

The state trooper also went to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, but died later Thursday evening, according to Virginia State Police Trooper Col. Steven Flaherty.

The trooper has been identified as Chad Dermyer, a Marine and served as a police officer in Michigan, where he grew up, before moving to Virginia. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Two civilians were shot and taken to hospital as well, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Police are not yet releasing the name of the person responsible.

The Virginia State Police, Richmond Police, FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshal’s Service and Homeland Security all responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.

Earlier in the day State Police had said two state troopers and a female civilian were shot, and later Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said that six had been shot, but those numbers have been updated as new information became available to officers.

“As you can imagine, the chaos of the moment. It was determined that only one state trooper was injured, so I apologize for the misinformation earlier,” Geller said of initial reports that two troopers had been shot.

WTVR is reporting Virginia State Police were at the bus station for a training exercise when a civilian suspect started shooting at troopers inside the bus station. Those troopers then returned fire.