Deriek W. Crouse, a member of the Virginia Tech police force, was murdered Thursday after an encounter in a school parking lot. Mr. Crouse was an Army veteran and married father of five. Reportedly, the gunman shot the officer at close range, then ran from the scene before he committed suicide. The deceased suspect was not immediately identified; however, University spokesman, Larry Hincker, was able to confirm that the gunman was not a student. A lingering question regarding the motivation for the killing remains – whether there is any relationship between the shooter and Crouse.
Coincidentally, these events unfolded at the same time Virginia Tech officials were fighting a federal government fine over their handling of the 2007 campus massacre, when 33 people were killed. The Crouse killing occurred across the street from the dormitory where the 2007 massacre began.
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