According to WRIC News on March 31, a tragic shooting took place at the Greyhound bus station on the Boulevard in Richmond, Virginia around 2:45 p.m. The police were conducting a training exercise around the bus station at the time of the shooting. A Virginia State trooper was shot at close range and was in the hospital clinging to life. Unfortunately, he later died. A total of six people were injured, and the gunman was killed by police. No Greyhound employees were injured.
When the trooper approached a man inside the entrance way of the busy Greyhound bus station, the gunman pulled out a gun and shot the trooper for no reason. Two troopers standing nearby returned gunfire. The shooting suspect did not die on the scene. He was transported to VCU Medical Center where he died later Thursday afternoon.
NBC News reported that Greyhound issued a statement saying that the bus station was “closed until further notice.” Early reports of the shooting indicated that the trooper had died, that a second trooper had been injured and that as many as six people in total were injured in the attack. That initial information was inaccurate. Since then, NBC News reported that Virginia State Police Superintendent Steven Flaherty said at a press conference Thursday night, “It’s with an incredibly heavy heart tonight that I announce to you the loss of Police Trooper Chad Dermyer.”
Dermyer, 37, died as a result of sustaining multiple gunshot wounds during the Thursday afternoon shooting. Dermyer was a former Marine and had been a member of the Virginia State Police since 2014. He had recently been transferred to the department’s counter-terrorism unit. The trooper is survived by his wife Michelle, and two young children. Richmond City Councilwoman Reva Trammell said, “I would never believe this. This is one of the saddest days that I’ve seen in the city of Richmond.”
Authorities from several departments responded to the shooting. Officials from the Richmond Police Department, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Henrico County Police, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security arrived on the scene. The shooting is still under investigation.