Marine Veteran Trooper Died in VA Shooting

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Marine Veteran Trooper Died in VA Shooting

We reported on the active shooter at a Richmond, Virginia bus station on Thursday, and now we have learned that the Virginia State Trooper killed in that altercation was Marine Veteran Chad Dermyer, 37. He is the second Marine to be killed within the last couple of months while serving as a police officer, the other was Ashley Guindon, who was killed on Feb 28.

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Chad Dermyer, right receives his graduation diploma from Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty- Virginia State Police Photo

Gunned down in seconds

Dermyer was participating with about 12 other troopers in an active shooter exercise at the station. He was dressed in a fatigue style uniform and not wearing body armor.

When Dermyer approached the suspect, James Brown III, he was shot in the chest multiple times within seconds.  Two other troopers then shot Brown. State officials did not know what was said between the two men, as the shooting occurred within seconds.

James Brown III – police photo

Stripes reported,

Brown went to some luggage near the entrance, then turned and walked away from it and “within seconds he pulled a .40-caliber Beretta semiautomatic pistol from his waistband of his pants,” Flaherty said.

“They were pretty much side-by-side, with Brown being to Chad’s right. He [Brown] turned into him and fired the shots, multiple shots, struck Chad multiple times,” Flaherty said.

The shooter was a man who hated cops.  His criminal record included charges of attempted murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and body armor as a felon and threatening to kill someone by phone. He was often allowed to plead guilty to lesser charges or a single charge after being charged with several crimes.

A Natural Cop

During his law enforcement career, Dermyer had become famous for finding the remains of a child inside the trunk of a man he’d stopped for a traffic violation. He relied on his “gut” when the man was stopped and knew something wasn’t right. People said he was a “natural” in police work.

“He was exceptional in every sense of the word.” Cyndi Grace, former partner

His demeanor with the public was well known, and kind.

“I don’t have a lot of contact with state troopers, but in my mind’s eye they seem to be all business. But he seemed to be a really warm person. … He had a warm persona about him.” Jeffrey Corbin, dog owner whose animal was rescued from the freeway by Dermyer

Chad’s Marine Service

The Marine Corps Times reported,

Dermyer enlisted in the Marine Corps in May 1998 and completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, according to Manpower and Reserve Affairs. He served as a machine gunner until May 2002, leaving the service as a sergeant.

He deployed in support of Operation Southern Watch between August 1999 and January 2000. His last duty station was Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.

Originally from Brooklyn, Michigan, Dermyer received the following military awards: Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (twice); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

He is survived by his wife Michelle and two children. R.I.P. Marine Chad Dermyer

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