Two NASCAR drivers to honor Trooper Dermyer at RIR

Published: Apr. 22, 2016 at 8:36 PM EDT|Updated: May. 2, 2016 at 8:36 PM EDT
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Source: Richmond Flying Squirrels
Source: Richmond Flying Squirrels

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two NASCAR drivers will honor Trooper Dermyer during this weekend's race at RIR. #23 David Ragan and #83 Matthew DiBenedetto will have a blue ribbon sticker on their cars.

Trooper Dermyer was gunned down on March 31 at the Greyhound bus station, located on N. Boulevard across from The Diamond.

State Police were at that station for a training exercise on how to intercept drugs at bus terminals, which are often critical transfer points for narcotics. Dermyer had just been training for his new position around 2:40 when he was shot by a man he approached as part of that training, according to State Police.

The suspect was later identified as James Brown, III, of Aurora, Ill. Police say Brown pulled out a handgun and shot Dermyer multiple times, killing him. Two bystanders were also injured in the shooting.

"The male subject pulled out a handgun and shot Chad multiple times," Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty said. "The male subject continued firing his weapon, as two state police troopers opened fire."

Dermyer was rushed to the hospital where Richmond Police, Virginia State Police, VCU Police, and numerous ambulances came flooding in, gathering outside the emergency room until about 6 p.m. when a motorcade of vehicles with lights on slowly left the area.

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