Court records show the man police say shot and killed Virginia State Police trooper Chad Dermyer last week in a Richmond bus station had an extensive criminal record and his aunt says he was very "angry" toward police.
James Brown III, who was killed in an exchange of fire with troopers after he shot Dermyer, had previously been charged with murder, intent to kill, aggravated battery with a firearm, failure to obey police, resisting a corrections officer, aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, aggravated battery of an unborn child, numerous drug charges, intimidation, domestic battery, felony possession of a weapon, among many charges. It's not know how many times he had been convicted, although it is known he served prison time.
His aunt, Edith Brown told WTVR she helped raise Brown and had allowed him to stay with her until December when, she says, she kicked him out.
She said, "He always liked the criminal side."
Edith Brown said she was upset about what happened, but not surprised.
"He had a lot of anger about the police in the past," she said. "He pretty much thought he wanted to be infamous . . . in terms of having a showdown. He always praised those people who got into shootouts with police."