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Va. Tech Gunman Changed Clothes After Shooting Cop in Car

December 09, 2011  | 

The gunman who walked up to a police car and shot a Virginia Tech officer to death fled to nearby university greenhouses, where he changed clothes. Despite his attempt to throw off a police manhunt, a patrolling sheriff's deputy spotted him and the gunman killed himself, the Associated Press is reporting.

It's likely the shooter was the same man who stole a rental car at gunpoint earlier Thursday in Radford, about 15 miles from Blacksburg, Geller said.

Va. Tech Officer Deriek Crouse had pulled over a car driven by a student and was stopped on a campus parking lot with that car in front of his cruiser when he was shot and killed. The driver has been very helpful to investigators.

Read Complete AP story at: CharlotteObserver.com

Tags: Officer Down, Virginia State Police, Cop Killers, Campus Safety, Vehicle Stops


Comments (5)

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John @ 12/9/2011 3:44 PM

Once again, another example of how short your life can be. It is important to live each day as if it is your last, one day you will be right. Everytime one of our brother Officers dies in the line of duty, a little piece of our heart goes missing. As a CA Police Officer, we are taught to never write citations while seated in our patrol cars. Have I done it...yeah. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

Brian @ 12/9/2011 7:26 PM

Where do you write your citations? What about inclement weather? All our citations are all written on computer and printed in car. We all need to adapt to our ever changing times.

gp cobb @ 12/9/2011 7:44 PM

Brian, hard to answer, two in a car, one has gun pulled while you type?

moonlighter @ 12/10/2011 11:24 AM

Learn from this in honor of another fallen officer. Seemingly routine traffic stops are the most dangerous not domestic violence calls. More than one in the stopped vehicle, wait for a drive-by back-up at least. My municipality requires back-up for more than one in a vehicle, sure the driver/passengers must wait a little longer.

Trigger @ 12/12/2011 6:38 AM

Ambushes can be difficult to detect. Traffic stop then someone walks up out of nowhere (not related with the stop) and shoots an officer. Have we all dropped our guard during a shift, I would challenge anyone who says they have not. I think back working the night shift when we were parked watching a building, etc. when all of a sudden someone is tapping on the window or begins talking outside the patrol car...definitely gets the heart pumping. By the grace of God more officers are not killed or injured in similiar situations.

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