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The death of Deriek Wayne Crouse occurred on December 8, 2011, during a shooting on the campus of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University at a traffic stop.

Shooting

Deriek Wayne Crouse (August 17, 1972[3] – December 8, 2011), a university police officer of the Virginia Tech Police Department, was shot and killed by 22-year-old Ross Truett Ashley, a student of nearby Radford University, during a traffic stop in the Cassell Coliseum parking lot near McComas Hall.[1][4] Ashley was not involved with the traffic stop in which Deriek Crouse was engaged. The motives of the shooting are not yet known at this time. After the shooting occurred, it is understood that Ashley fled on foot to another parking lot named the "Cage",[1] where his body, along with a discharged weapon, was shortly thereafter found.[1][5][6] An alert was issued at 12:37 p.m.,[7][notes 1] and the campus was placed on lock down at 1:01 p.m.,[8] which was then followed by all schools in Montgomery County at 2:12 p.m. Blacksburg recreational events planned for the day were canceled.[9] All Blacksburg transit services were suspended.[1] The majority of students were inside at the time for Reading Day, a study day without classes before semester final exams.[1] Final exams set for December 9 were postponed after the shooting.[5][9] The alert was lifted at 4:31 p.m.[6][10]

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell had a news conference over telephone later that evening to confirm that dash-cam video shows that the male who shot and killed the Virginia Tech police officer was the same male found dead near Cage parking deck. It is currently understood that the shooter, Ashley, after firing on the police officer, took off on foot and committed suicide after being spotted by a Montgomery County sheriff's deputy. WSLS-TV later confirmed that the killed police officer was 39-year-old Deriek Crouse, of Christiansburg, Virginia. He joined the Virginia Tech police department in October 2007. He is survived by his wife Tina Crouse, his brother, father, mother, son, and four step-sons.[11]

Perpetrator

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Police identified the perpetrator as 22-year-old Ross Truett Ashley.[12] He was raised in Partlow in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.[13] He attended Radford University, about 10 miles away from the Virginia Tech campus.[14] Matt Dailey, a classmate and friend of Ashley said he and Ashley went to a shooting range together. The shooting range was the same one used by Seung-Hui Cho, the perpetrator of the Virginia Tech massacre.[14][15] Another student said he was "friendly" and "nice".[16] When he was attending Radford University, he made the Dean's List at University of Virginia's College at Wise, the only branch of University of Virginia.[17]

In January 2011, Ashley bought a .40 caliber handgun at a Virginia gun dealer.[18]

On December 7, 2011, a day before the shooting, Ashley stole a Mercedes-Benz SUV from a real estate office in Radford, near his apartment.[15] The car was found on a university owned road a couple miles away from the campus at 9:30 a.m. on December 8, 2011, before the shooting took place. After the shooting, Ashley removed his wool cap and sweater and abandoned them in a backpack near the Virginia Tech green houses. He then fled into a nearby parking lot, "The Cage," where he was later found dead.[19][20][21]

On December 11, the Ashley family told the Associated Press, "The Ashley family would like to offer their condolences to the family of Officer Crouse. Officer Crouse and his family are in their prayers."[14]

Funeral

Deriek Wayne Crouse was laid to rest on December 12, 2011, at the Cassell Coliseum building on the Virginia Tech campus. Many family members and close friends were in attendance. His closed casket was taken out by four Virginia Tech Police officers and four military members. The funeral was televised on the local media television stations.

See also

Notes

  1. All times used in this article, unless otherwise stated, are in Eastern Standard Time.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Christina Ng (8 December 2011). "Virginia Tech Shooting: Gunman Believed to Be Dead, Lockdown Lifted". ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/US/virginia-tech-locked-shot-dead-including-police-officer/story?id=15114257. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  2. Christina Ng and Steven Portnoy (9 December 2011). "Alleged Va. Tech Shooter Identified". ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/US/virginia-tech-shooter-identified/story?id=15120706#.TuKgCGNmTbI. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  3. Deriek W Crouse (1972 - 2011) - Find A Grave Memorial. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-26.
  4. Staff writer (8 December 2011). "Lockdown Lifted at Virginia Tech After Shooting Leaves at Least 2 Dead". Fox News. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/12/08/shots-fired-at-virginia-techs-campus-gunman-sought/. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Stephen Ceasar and Rene Lynch (8 December 2011). "Virginia Tech shooting: `We are looking absolutely everywhere'". Los Angeles Times. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/12/virginia-tech-shooting-dead-police-officer.html. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Virginia tech Home Page - Latest News. Virginia Tech (8 December 2011). Retrieved on 8 December 2011.
  7. Staff writer (8 December 2011). "Virginia Tech says shots fired on campus". MSNBC. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45600556/ns/us_news/#.TuE3NWNmTbI. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  8. Brad Lendon and Jason Hanna (8 December 2011). "2 dead, including police officer, after Virginia Tech shooting incident". CNN. http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/08/reports-of-shots-fired-at-virginia-tech/?hpt=hp_t3. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Jeff Sturgeon; Mike Gangloff; Lerone Graham (8 December 2011). "Virginia Tech shootings: The story so far". The Roanoke Times. http://blogs.roanoke.com/theburgs/2011/12/08/virginia-tech-shootings-the-story-so-far/. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  10. Staff writer (8 December 2011). "Officer killed at Va. Tech; Gunman believed dead". CBS News. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57339465/officer-killed-at-va-tech-gunman-believed-dead/. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  11. Staff writer (8 December 2011). "Virginia Tech names police officer killed". WSLS-TV. http://www2.wsls.com/news/2011/dec/08/virginia-tech-names-police-officer-killed-ar-1531269/. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  12. Rachel Quigley; Hannah Roberts; Thomas Durante; Inderdeep Bains (12 December 2011). "First picture of college student, 22, who killed father-of-five police officer in Virginia Tech campus terror". Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2072369/RossTruett-Ashley-First-picture-Virginia-Tech-shooting-gunman.html. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  13. CNN Wire Staff (9 December 2011). "Armed suspect stole car before killing Virginia Tech officer". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/09/justice/virginia-tech-incident/index.html. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Caulfield, Philip (11 December 2011). "Friend of Virginia Tech shooter Ross Ashley says two went to gun range". New York Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/friend-virginia-tech-shooter-ross-ashley-gun-range-article-1.990007. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 Guarino, Mark (12 December 2011). "Virginia Tech shooting: Who was gunman Ross Truett Ashley?". Christian Science Monitor. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/1212/Virginia-Tech-shooting-Who-was-gunman-Ross-Truett-Ashley. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  16. Bob Lewis; Steve Szkotak (10 December 2011). "Ross Truett Ashley, Virginia Tech Shooter, Described As 'Friendly'". Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/10/ross-truett-ashley-friendly_n_1141210.html. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  17. Daily Mail Reporter (11 December 2011). "Daily Mail Reporter". Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2072694/Ross-Truett-Ashley-Mystery-Virginia-Tech-gunman-snap.html. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  18. Jouvenal, Justin (13 December 2011). "Police: Va. Tech shooter bought gun legally, but motive still a mystery". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/crime-scene/post/police-va-tech-shooter-bought-gun-legally-but-motive-still-a-mystery/2011/12/13/gIQAg0wbsO_blog.html. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  19. "Police Identify Virginia Tech Gunman as 22-Year-Old Student at Nearby School". Fox News. Associated Press. 9 December 2011. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/12/09/police-identify-virginia-tech-gunman-as-22-year-old-student-at-nearby-school/. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  20. "Virginia Tech: Ross Truett Ashley named as gunman". BBC News. 10 December 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16122591. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  21. "Virginia State Police Media Release". Virginia Tech News. 13 December 2011. http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2011/12/121311-unirel-vspupdate.pdf. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 


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