RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - When Thursday's deadly shooting happened, law enforcement officials were already gathering to honor other officers, killed in the line of duty in the last year.
Col. W. Steven Flaherty, who spoke at Thursday's press conference, said he was at that gathering when he was called about the death of Trooper Chad Dermyer.
"I was standing in front of a crowd with 16 other state police and provincial police executives, and we were paying tribute to the 28 state and provincial police officers killed in the last 12 months," Flaherty said. "I just thought to myself, '28 was the biggest number we've had in a long time.' I hope and pray that next year we don't have 28, not knowing that within just a few seconds we would hear of Chad's loss."
Flaherty said he was at a meeting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, where he serves on the board.
He said they were honoring fallen officers across the country.
The last Virginia trooper to be shot and killed in the line of duty was Master Trooper Junius Walker. He was killed during a traffic stop in Dinwiddie three years ago.
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