Update: Virginia Tech Releases Identity of Slain Officer

Update: 11:00 pm: Virginia Tech Police have released the identity of the officer slain today during a traffic stop on campus as Deriek W. Crouse, 39, of Christiansburg.

Crouse joined the Virginia Tech Police Department on Oct. 27, 2007, and served in the patrol division. He is survived by his wife, five children and step-children, and his mother and brother.

Crouse was a member of the Virginia Tech Police Emergency Response Team since February 2011. He received an award in 2008 for his commitment to the department’s Driving Under the Influence efforts.

He formerly worked at the New River Valley Jail, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at later date

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5:00 pm: In the wake of what officials called a wanton act of violence committed on the grounds of Virginia Tech, two people are dead and the campus has once again been overshadowed by a shooting tragedy.

At approximately 4:45 pm officials held a press conference on the campus to provide information on the events of the day. According to campus and state police, at approximately 12:15 pm a Virginia Tech Police Officer initiated a traffic stop near the Virginia Tech campus. During the course of that traffic stop a third party approached the officer and shot him. At 12:30 pmĀ  police received their first call from witnesses saying they had seen the shooting. Police immediately responded to the scene and a search was initiated based on the descriptions provided by eyewitnesses. A suspicious person was seen walking along Washington Street towards I lot (Cage) and based on observations police decided to initiate contact with the individual. When police attempted to locate that individual the subject was found deceased from a gunshot wound approximately 1/4 mile from the first crime scene.

Neither victim has been identified. Police declined to answer questions about the second victim because of the ongoing investigation, however investigators did say that they feel confident that they have located the shooter.

When asked if they believe that the second victim was the shooter Va State Police would not confirmĀ  but answered, “You can read between the lines.”

Comments

  1. Sharon Strickland says:

    This Hokie family is very sad. Pray for the family of this slain officer. All Hokies feel connected and we are sad that our beloved school is again in the national news for such a sad reason. This officer was simply doing his duty and one that he was committed to and he was killed by such a coward. Let us get the Hokies home for the holidays and Christmas and surround them with love and help them through this tragedy.