Richmond cop killer finally ID’d as black man

By Cheryl Chumley

Police in Richmond, Virginia, respond to a shooting at a Greyhound bus station.
Police in Richmond, Virginia, respond to a shooting at a Greyhound bus station.

After nearly a day-and-a-half of waiting, authorities in Richmond, Virginia, have finally officially released the name of the suspect who was killed during a shooting attack on police at a bus station that left a law enforcement official dead and others injured – and he’s a black man who hails from the Chicago area.

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WTVR CBS 6 reporter Mark Holmberg first reported late Thursday evening the name of the gunman as James Brown III, 34, of Aurora, Illinois, located about 40 miles outside Chicago. But police didn’t confirm the name until Friday morning, saying they needed to inform next of kin of his death.

The New York Daily News said Brown was standing nearby a group of police who were conducting a training exercise at the Greyhound bus station in Richmond on Thursday. State trooper Chad Dermyer, 37, who was white, approached Brown and chatted briefly with him. Brown shortly after shot Dermyer in the chest, police said. Two officers in the bus depot fired at Brown and killed him. Two women in the area were struck by bullets and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Dermyer, who died from his injuries, was married with two young children, and had graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in November 2014.

Brown, meanwhile, had a long criminal record.

“He always liked the criminal side,” Brown’s aunt, Edith Brown, told WTVR. “He had a lot of anger about the police in the past. He pretty much thought that he wanted to be infamous … in terms of having a showdown. He always praised those people who got into shootouts with police.”

The New York Daily News reported Brown’s criminal past included charges or convictions of murder, intent to kill, aggravated battery with a firearm, failure to obey police, resisting a corrections officer and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman.


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