Funeral to be held for Virginia trooper slain at bus station

(Courtesy: Virginia State Police)

HAMPTON, Va. (WRIC/AP) — Mourners will gather today to remember a Virginia state trooper who was killed by a gunman at a Richmond Greyhound bus station.

A funeral for Trooper Chad P. Dermyer will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton. A private burial will follow in Gloucester County.

The procession from the church to Gloucester is as follows:

  • Leave church turning left on Big Bethel Road
  • Left on Route 134/Magruder Road
  • Route 134 merges into Route 17
  • Continue straight on Route 17 North to Gloucester County

Police have advised local residents to avoid these roads from 12 p.m. through 1:30 p.m. due to traffic delays from the procession.

Authorities say Dermyer was fatally shot by James Brown III at the busy bus terminal, where police were holding a counterterrorism training exercise. Brown, of Aurora, Illinois, was killed by two other state troopers after he opened fire.

Police haven’t said what they believe motivated the shooting.

The slain trooper is survived by his wife and two children. He was a former Marine who previously served on police forces in Jackson, Michigan, and Newport News, Virginia.

At a visitation on Monday, friends, family and fellow officers paid their final respects to Trooper Dermyer.

State police officials say troopers from 15 states have arrived for today’s funeral service, and more are expected.

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