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James Brown III was known for having anger towards authority figures, and acted on his rooted impulses, tragically killing a Virginia State trooper on Thursday, March 31.
As reported, the 34-year-old was shot and killed at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond after fatally shooting Trooper Chad P. Dermyer, 37. Two other troopers on the scene shot back at Brown in response and he died from multiple gun shots.
“He had a lot of anger about the police in the past,” said the gunman's aunt, Edith Brown, in an interview with CBS 6 Friday (April 1).
“He pretty much thought he wanted to be infamous... in terms of having a showdown. He always praised those people who got into shootouts with police,” Brown’s aunt continued. “He said he would never go back to prison again. He would fight it out with them.”
While there has been no clear motive for the tragic shooting, signs point to his known attitude towards police and his lengthy criminal record.
While it is unclear if Brown was convicted of the charges on his rap sheet, murder, intent to kill, aggravated battery with a firearm, failure to obey police, aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, aggravated battery of an unborn child, numerous drug charges, intimidation, domestic battery, felony possession of a weapon, among many driving charges and resisting a corrections officer were all present on his record, according to court records obtained by CBS 6.
Dermyer was the responding officer to calls from a Greyhound bus station and was shot multiple times, apparently for no clear reason. Two women were also injured as a result of the public gunfire, but are expected to recover.
Police Chief Alfred Durham said in a statement that law enforcement officers have become a target for “folks out there with evil intentions.”
“It's unfortunate these are the days we're living in, where folks want to harm law enforcement,” Durham said. “We just want our officers to end their shifts and to go home to their families.”
Prayers up to Dermyer and his family, as well as all those affected by this tragedy.
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