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      Deriek W. Crouse, 39, identified as Va. Tech officer murdered on campus

      Officer Deriek W. Crouse. Photo: Virginia Tech Police

      BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 8, 2011 - Virginia Tech Police have identified the officer murdered today during a traffic stop on campus as Deriek W. Crouse, 39, of Christiansburg. He joined the Virginia Tech Police Department on Oct. 27, 2007, and served in the patrol division. He is survived by his wife, five children and step-children, and his mother and brother.

      He received his law enforcement certification on Feb. 12, 2008, from the Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy. Officer Crouse was trained as a Crisis Intervention Officer, General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics instructor and most recently completed training for Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response and Mechanical and Ballistic Instructor.

      Officer Crouse was a member of the Virginia Tech Police Emergency Response Team since February 2011. He received an award in 2008 for his commitment to the department's Driving Under the Influence efforts.He formerly worked at the New River Valley Jail, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, and was a U.S. Army veteran.

      Funeral arrangements will be announced at later date.