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Officer Deriek W. Crouse


Officer Deriek Crouse Officer Deriek Crouse

Officer Deriek W. Crouse, 39, of Christiansburg, Va., was fatally shot Dec. 8, 2011, during a traffic stop on campus.

Officer Crouse 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, his father, and two brothers.

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 had most recently completed training as an advance law enforcement rapid response and mechanical and ballistic instructor.

Officer Crouse had been 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 efforts against driving under the influence.

He formerly worked at the New River Valley Jail and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and was a U.S. Army veteran.

A funeral service was held Dec. 12, 2011, in Cassell Coliseum.

Memorial brochure for Deriek W. Crouse (PDF | 240KB)

Photo gallery: Images from the Dec. 9, 2011, candlelight vigil

Letter from President Steger to the campus community

Dec. 3, 2012

Dear colleagues,

A memorial service to commemorate the sacrifice of fallen Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse will be held on Saturday, Dec.  8, beginning at noon in the Coliseum Lot. I encourage you to attend.

Officer Crouse joined the Virginia Tech Police Department on Oct. 27, 2007, and served in our patrol division. As you may know, Officer Crouse was murdered, in the line of duty on Dec. 8, 2011. 

This recognition service for Officer Crouse will include remarks by Chief Wendell Flinchum, Delegate Joseph Yost, Officer Kendrah Cline, and Rev. Tommy McDearis as well as the dedication of a permanent memorial for Officer Crouse. It is most fitting the memorial will be made of Hokie Stone – stone representing our loyalty to one another and to our Hokie Nation. 

We continue to extend our deepest condolences and support to Officer Crouse’s family and to his colleagues in our police department.


Charles W. Steger

Memorial fund established for family of Deriek Crouse

A memorial fund has been established to support the needs of the family of Deriek Crouse, the Virginia Tech police officer who was fatally shot Dec. 8, 2011. Those wishing to contribute can mail checks, payable to “Deriek Crouse Memorial Fund,” to the address below:

National Bank of Blacksburg
Attn: Dana Sutphin
P.O. Box 90002
Blacksburg, VA 24062-9002

Those seeking more information about the fund should call 540-552-2011 and ask to speak with Dana Sutphin, branch manager.

Expressions of condolences to the Crouse family may be sent to