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UPDATE: State police: Va. Tech gunman acted alone

A police officer secures the scene where a gunman killed a police officer and another person after a traffic stop Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 on the campus of Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Va. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry) A police officer secures the scene where a gunman killed a police officer and another person after a traffic stop Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 on the campus of Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Va. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry)

 

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- State police say the gunman who killed himself at Virginia Tech acted alone in the slaying of a campus police officer.

Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the gunman ran from the scene and changed clothes before killing himself in a parking lot a half-mile away.

Geller says the gunman, whose identity has not been released, was later found by an officer in the campus parking lot. The man shot and killed himself.

Geller said at a Thursday news conference that the gunman put his clothes in a backpack and left it behind at a greenhouse on campus.

Geller says investigators are still trying to find out why the gunman ambushed the officer, Deriek W. Crouse.

 

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Authorities are still sorting out why a Virginia Tech police officer was killed in a campus parking lot by a gunman who then apparently shot himself to death.


 The university on Thursday identified the officer as Deriek W. Crouse, a 39-year-old Army veteran and married father of five who joined the campus police force about six months after the 2007 shooting rampage that left 33 people dead.

Crouse was killed after pulling a driver over in a traffic stop. The gunman, who wasn't involved in the traffic stop, walked into the parking lot and ambushed the officer.

Before it became clear that the gunman in Thursday's attack was dead, the school locked down the campus and used a high-tech alert system to warn students and faculty members to stay indoors.

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Tech police officer who was gunned down is being identified as a 39-year-old Army veteran and father of five.

The university said late Thursday that the officer was Deriek W. Crouse. He joined the Virginia Tech Police Department on Oct. 27, 2007. That was about six months after 33 people were killed at the school in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Crouse previously worked at a jail and a sheriff's department.

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- An investigation is under way into the fatal shootings today at Virginia Tech.

A gunman killed a campus police officer in a school parking lot and was later found dead, with a gun nearby, in another lot.

Virginia Tech was the scene of the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history nearly five years ago.

In an ironic twist, the shootings took place on the same day Virginia Tech officials were in Washington, fighting a government fine over their alleged mishandling of the 2007 bloodbath that left 33 dead.

Before it became clear that the gunman in today's attack was dead, the school locked down the campus and used a high-tech alert system to warn students and faculty members to stay indoors.

Police say the officer was killed after pulling a driver over in a traffic stop. The gunman -- who was not involved in the traffic stop -- walked into the parking lot and shot the officer. Authorities won't talk about a motive.

The officer had served on the campus police force for four years. Police don't know if he had been specifically targeted.

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