Slain Virginia Tech Officer Had 5 Children - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

Slain Virginia Tech Officer Had 5 Children

KHQ.COM - The Virginia Tech police officer who was killed on campus during a traffic stop was identified as four-year member of the force who was married and had five children and stepchildren.

The Virginia Tech News website said Deriek W. Crouse, 39, of Christiansburg, was survived by his wife, five children and step-children, and his mother and brother. Funeral arrangements were pending.

The site said Crouse joined the campus Police Department on Oct. 27, 2007, and served in the patrol division. He had been a member of the force's Emergency Response Team since February, and in 2008 he received an award for his commitment to the department's efforts against driving under the influence.

He was an Army veteran who had worked at the New River Valley Jail and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department.

The gunman thought to have killed Crouse was found dead on campus with a gunshot wound.