Police have identified Ross Truett Ashley as the alleged gunman who fatally shot a Virginia Tech police officer before killing himself about 30 minutes later.
There is no known connection between the officer, who was ambushed on campus Thursday, and Ashley, 22, of Partlow, Va., police said today.
But there is evidence that the shooter went to some lengths to assassinate Officer Deriek Crouse…
[Crouse] was seated inside his unmarked patrol car when Ashley fatally shot him, police allege. Ashley escaped on foot and changed out of his wool cap and pullover top, police said.
At least part of the deadly encounter that rattled the campus Thursday was captured on Crouse’s dash-cam and since the Virginia Tech officers are also “miked,” so there was likely audio of the encounter.