N.C. woman visits Richmond bus station 5 years after she was shot there and Trooper Dermyer killed | Crime News
“It won’t be a closure because it will never be a closure,” she said. “But I am ready.”
Seth, Campbell’s son, came with me on Saturday. That day never really happened for him, he said.
Campbell, a self-proclaimed news junkie, focused most of her research on Officer Chad.
“I saw a man that day – I saw a man who protects and serves,” said Campbell.
Dermyer, 37, of Gloucester, was a Marine Corps veteran. But his law enforcement career has been one of tragedy, Kincaid said. He first became a police officer in his hometown of Jackson, Michigan, where his partner died. He then joined the Newport News division and graduated from Virginia State Police Academy in 2014. In her recruitment class photo, Dermyer stands next to Lucas B. Dowell, who was killed while executing a search warrant in Cumberland County in 2019, Kincaid said.
After Dermyer became a soldier, he worked on patrol in the Newport News and Hampton areas.
In 2015, he stopped a woman named Tonya Slaton on Interstate 64 in Hampton. Dermyer found the remains of her son, who had been missing for eleven years, in the trunk of Slaton’s car during the stop. In 2018, Slaton pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years, 8 years probation.