The slaying of a Virginia Tech policeman and death of his apparent assailant Thursday — and an ensuing campus-wide manhunt and storm of international news coverage — caused havoc across the New River Valley.

Thursday’s mayhem began about 12:30 p.m. when Crouse, a 39-year-old Christiansburg resident who’d been a Tech officer for four years, made what university officials described as a routine traffic stop in the Cassell Coliseum parking lot. In the midst of the stop, Crouse was shot to death in front of witnesses…the shooter was not the person stopped, but was a man who approached while the stop was taking place. Questions remain about where the shooter came from and why Crouse was shot.

I think at 12:30pm yesterday, I was studying for an exam and wishing my life was easier. 

Witnesses saw Crouse’s shooter flee on foot toward the Cage, a university parking lot down Washington Street from the Coliseum…Officers soon found a second body there…That person is believed to be Crouse’s killer.  Authorities had not released the identity of the second body Thursday night…state police confirmed that the man found dead in the Cage lot was seen in video from Crouse’s patrol car with the weapon that is believed to have been used in Crouse’s killing.

Crouse, a U.S. Army veteran, was a member of the Virginia Tech Police Emergency Response Team and served in the patrol division, according to a university news release. He received an award in 2008 for his commitment to the department’s Driving Under the Influence efforts, the university release said. He is survived by his wife, five children and stepchildren, and his mother and brother.

 

Prayers go out to his family and friends, and to all the people in the surrounding area of V-Tech.

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