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.

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