Police Officer I Deriek W. Crouse

Police Officer I Deriek W. Crouse

Virginia Tech Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Deriek W. Crouse

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 sheriff's 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 the New River Valley Regional Jail. He is survived by his wife, five children, mother, and brother.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 152
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

ambush, traffic stop

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Deriek was my driver when we were in the service in the First Cav . I will always remember him for his service he will never be forgotten after seeing that you put a blue light in the window during Christmas I will also continue this tradition and God Bless

Sgt Jeffrey W.Hind
U.S. Army

January 31, 2021

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