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Police Officer I Deriek W. Crouse | Virginia Tech Police Department, Virginia Virginia Tech Police Department, Virginia

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Deriek W. Crouse

Virginia Tech Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, December 8, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 152

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Officer Deriek Crouse was shot and killed while making a traffic stop in the parking lot of the university's Cassell Coliseum, near McComas Hall, at approximately 12:15 pm.

At some point during the stop, a suspect unrelated to the traffic stop approached his unmarked car and shot him once in the head as he sat in his vehicle. The suspect fled on foot to a nearby location on campus and changed clothes. He was located in the university's I-Lot approximately 45 minutes after the shooting and committed suicide as a Montgomery County deputy attempted to contact him.

Officer Crouse was a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and had served with the Virginia Tech Police Department for four years. He had previously served with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and New River Valley Regional Jail. He is survived by his wife, five children, mother, and brother.

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Rest in peace officer Crouse. As a citizen of the USA I appreciate your service and as an alumni of Virginia Tech I thank you and your loved ones for your sacrifice. God Bless You!

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Virginia Conservation Police
December 9, 2015


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