22 Year Old Ross Truett Ashley Identified As Cop Killer
Still No Motive Determined In Virginia Tech Slaying
By Dell Hill
Virginia State Police
undated photo shows Ross Truett Ashley, 22, who Virginia State Police
have identified as the gunman who killed a Virginia Tech police officer
as well as himself in a Dec. 8, 2011 shooting.
– A part-time college student at a small school near Virginia Tech was
identified Friday as the gunman who shot a police officer to death and
then killed himself, triggering a lockdown on a campus still coping with
the nation's worst mass slaying in recent memory.
day before the shootings, police said Ross Truett Ashley, 22, stole a
sport utility vehicle at gunpoint from a real estate office in Radford.
He dumped the car on the Virginia Tech campus and it was found Thursday.
have not been able to say what led Ashley to kill a police officer he
did not know at a school he had never attended.
very much the fundamental part of the investigation right now," state
police spokeswoman Corrine Geller said Friday at a news conference.
said Ashley walked up to patrolman Deriek W. Crouse and fired, then
took off for the campus greenhouses, ditching his pullover, wool cap and
backpack. He made his way to a nearby parking lot and when a deputy
spotted him, he took his own life.
was a business management major at Radford, the school said on its
website. He was from Partlow, Va., about 160 miles northeast of
Virginia Tech. He also had a local listing in Radford.