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Statement from the Virginia State Police


BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 8, 2011 – Virginia State Police responded to Virginia Tech in reference to a shooting in reference to a Virginia Tech police officer being shot and killed while on a traffic stop at the Cassell Coliseum parking lot on Spring Road. Virginia Tech police requested that the Virginia State Police assume primary responsibility for the investigation of the incident.  

The individual fled that crime scene in the direction of a second crime scene a quarter of a mile away, where a male body was found at that location with a gunshot wound.  

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation out of Salem are currently at both crime scenes. Also, our tact team, canine units, and patrol are currently on the Virginia Tech campus assisting the Virginia Tech Police Department.  

We are in the early stages of the investigation, and we don’t have any additional details at this time.

The officer is a four-year veteran of the Virginia Tech Police Department and was assigned to patrol.