Police Officially Link Two Shootings at Va-Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Ballistics evidence testing has officially linked the two fatal shootings that occurred Thursday afternoon (Dec. 8, 2011) on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va. Testing conducted by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science has confirmed that both victims were shot by the same weapon.

At approximately 12:15 p.m., Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse had a vehicle stopped in the Coliseum parking lot along Washington Street near the intersection of Spring Road. During the course of the traffic stop, Officer Crouse was approached by an unknown male and fatally shot. The male subject then fled on foot from the scene.

Virginia Tech Police, Blacksburg Police and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded to the scene and began canvassing the campus for the shooting suspect. At approximately 12:45 p.m., a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a male pedestrian in the Cage parking lot along Duck Pond Drive. When the deputy reached the male subject, he found the man on the ground and deceased with a handgun nearby. The two shooting scenes are less than a half of a mile apart.

The bodies of both Officer Crouse and the male subject were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy. State police are still awaiting confirmation of the male subject’s identity.

Virginia State Police have been able to review Officer Crouse’s in-car video. The video captured a male subject with a handgun at the officer’s car at the time of the shooting. Later Thursday afternoon, Blacksburg Police recovered a discarded backpack at the Greenhouses on the Virginia Tech campus. The clothing found inside the backpack is similar to the clothing worn by the male subject in the officer’s video.

The Virginia Tech, Blacksburg and Christiansburg police departments, and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office have assisted Virginia State Police with the ongoing investigation.

Comments

  1. This puts chills down every parents back. The one part of the story has me scrathing my head.

    “a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a male pedestrian in the Cage parking lot along Duck Pond Drive. When the deputy reached the male subject, he found the man on the ground and deceased with a handgun nearby. ”

    There is a difference between a pedestrian and man laying on the ground. Did the deputy hear the second gunshot? The story doesn’t say.

    The only group who is content is the NRA. Keep fighting for those gun rights, boys!

    • just the facts..PLEASE says:

      It is despicable, ignorant and malicious to imply that the NRA is “content” when a LEO is murdered in the line of duty.

      Shame!

      • Every time someone who should not be carring a gun does this, the NRA’s response is if the victim was also carring a gun, then the bad guy would be the only on dead. The NRA is making it possible for the bad guys in the world to carry a gun. It does not matter the state of mind of the suspect, only the gun-rights of the suspect.
        This is the point I am trying to make. Too many bad guys with guns. Too many guns for bad guys.
        Shame on the NRA.

      • Whenever you have a shooting of any kind you can expect the typical left-leaning knee jerk reaction of blaming the NRA. My heart goes out to the officer’s family .