Richmond, VA (WRIC) —UPDATE: The Virginia State Trooper injured Thursday evening has died.
Virginia State Police confirm Trooper Chad Phillip Dermyer died of a gunshot wound while in the Hospital. His death occurred several hours after the shootout with a gunman at a Virginia bus station.
Dermyser was 37 years old. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
A gunman is dead and a Virginia State Trooper is clinging to life after the suspect open fired at a Greyhounds bus station in Richmond, officials say. Authorities are still at the scene of the Greyhound bus station on North Boulevard in Richmond. The incident remains under investigation at this time.
Law enforcement originally reported that two troopers were shot – one of them fatally – and that one bystander was shot. They corrected the details at a press conference held at the scene.
In addition to the one trooper who was shot, four other bystanders at the scene were also injured; two were shot.
According to Virginia State Police, troopers were alerted at 2:45 p.m. to a shooting incident at the bus station, located at 2910 North Boulevard, in the City of Richmond.
Officials have confirmed that two troopers and one female civilian were shot and have been transported to VCU Medical Center for treatment. The shooting suspect, who was shot by a state trooper, is dead.
City officials released the following statement:
Mayor Jones has been fully briefed on the shooting incident on the Boulevard at the Greyhound Bus Station. He is in constant contact with Richmond Police Chief Al Durham. The matter is under the jurisdiction of the Virginia State Police and Richmond Police officials are fully engaged and acting in a supporting role at this time.
Mayor Jones has also made contact with Governor Terry McAuliffe and the City and State are working collaboratively to respond to this incident.
The Mayor is asking citizens to avoid the impacted area to allow law enforcement and emergency responders to function as efficiently as possible in responding to this incident and stabilizing the scene.
Greyhound has also released a statement regarding the incident:
Our Richmond, Va. station is closed until further notice and we are actively working with the authorities.
Please check http://bit.ly/GHServiceAlert for updates for when service will begin again. We will re-route customers as possible and we will re-issue tickets once we resume service if you are supposed to travel to or from Richmond today.
Governor McAuliffe also weighed in:
Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s response to the shooting at the Greyhound Bus Station in Richmond:
“I have spoken with the Mayor of Richmond and the Superintendent of the Virginia State Police and offered whatever state resources may be necessary to respond to this situation. Our public safety team and I will continue to monitor the situation and support State Police and local authorities in their response and investigation of this incident.”