Crouse (Virginia Tech)Virginia Tech identified the police officer who was shot dead Thursday afternoon as Deriek W. Crouse, a 39-year-old married father of five from Christiansburg, Va. Crouse is also a U.S. Army veteran.
Police say they are still investigating why a white male approached Crouse as he was conducting a routine traffic stop and shot him while he was still in his car. At a press conference this morning, police said the second body found a half mile away from the first shooting is believed to be the suspect, though they are not releasing his identity. The suspect is not a Tech student, and took his own life after fleeing the scene of Crouse's murder. An officer spotted him on Thursday afternoon in the student parking lot, but by the time he arrived, the suspect had already shot himself.
Virginia state police say they have a video of the suspect from a camera in Officer Crouse's car. The suspect was found wearing different clothes than those in the video, but a backpack between the two crime scenes contained the clothes he was wearing earlier.
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