Virginia State Police confirmed the identity of the suspect who fatally shot Trooper Chad P. Dermyer Thursday afternoon at the Greyhound bus station in Richmond as 34-year-old James Brown III of Aurora, Ill., a suburb just outside of Chicago.
WTVR reports that Brown is well known to police in Aurora.
His aunt in Aurora, Edith Brown, says that “He always liked the criminal side.”
She was upset about what happened, but not surprised.
“He had a lot of anger about the police in the past,” she said. “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.”
Court records show James Brown III had been charged with murder, intent to kill, aggravated battery with a firearm, failure to obey police, resisting a corrections officer, 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.
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