Virginia Trooper’s Killer Was Career Criminal Barred For Life From Gun Ownership

posted on April 5, 2016

The man police say shot and killed Virginia State Police Trooper Chad P. Dermyer, 37, at a Richmond Greyhound bus station Thursday was a career criminal who, an ex-girlfriend said, “wanted to be one of those guys that just died killing police officers,” the Record reports.

Thirty-four-year-old James Brown III of Aurora, Ill.—who also allegedly shot and wounded two women in the bus station before being killed by two state troopers—had a lengthy criminal record in Illinois, including convictions for domestic battery and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and charges of attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm and body armor by a convicted felon. 

The body armor possession charge, in retrospect, is particularly chilling: As Brown’s aunt, Edith Brown, told CBS News, “He wanted to be infamous ... in terms of having a showdown. He always praised those people who got into shootouts with police.”

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