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									    Virginia State Police                                              www.vsp.virginia.gov

    Media Release
    News Release No. 47
    For Immediate Release: December 13, 2011


                           VIRGINIA STATE POLICE STILL SEEK MOTIVE IN
                                 VIRGINIA TECH MURDER-SUICIDE
    BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field
    Office is continuing its efforts to identify a motive in the murder-suicide that occurred Dec. 8,
    2011, on the Virginia Tech campus. State police investigators worked through the weekend
    and on into this week interviewing family, friends and acquaintances of Ross T. Ashley, 22, in
    order to piece together his movements and actions leading up to the murder of Virginia Tech
    Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse.

    Despite investigators’ non-stop pursuit of this case, there still remains no prior connection or
    contact between Ashley and Officer Crouse. The Virginia State Police High-Tech Crimes Unit
    has been extensively reviewing Officer Crouse’s in-car camera video and surveillance video
    from on and off the campus. State police have secured surveillance video that does place
    Ashley at a local retail store in the Town of Blacksburg on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 7).

    The .40-caliber, semi-automatic handgun used in both shootings was legally purchased by
    Ashley from a licensed, Virginia gun dealer. He purchased the weapon in January 2011.
    (For more information on Virginia law pertaining to the purchase of a handgun, go to
    http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Firearms_PurchaseEligibility.shtm).

    Timeline (Please note that times are approximate)
          12/7/11 - 11:25 a.m. – At gunpoint, Ashley steals a 2011 white Mercedes SUV from
          Gilbert Real Estate in the 600 block of Calhoun Street in the City of Radford.

                12/7/11 - 12:11 p.m. – City of Radford Police issue multi-state teletype message to law
                enforcement for a “Be on the Lookout” for the stolen Mercedes SUV.

             12/7/11 – Later that afternoon, surveillance video places Ashley inside a Town of
             Blacksburg retailer. This video was not discovered by investigators until Thursday
             (Dec. 8) - when they were conducting their investigation into the murder-suicide.
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             12/8/11 – 9:30 a.m. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) notifies
             Blacksburg Police of an abandoned vehicle parked on a gravel drive near the VTTI
             complex. Police immediately respond, confirm the vehicle is the stolen Mercedes SUV
             and notify Radford Police.

                12/8/11 – 12:15 p.m. –Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse has stopped a car
                in the Coliseum parking lot along Washington Street near the intersection of Spring

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                Road. Officer Crouse is seated inside his unmarked patrol car when
                Ashley approaches the officer and fatally shoots him. Ashley then
                flees on foot from the scene.

                12/8/11 – 12:45 p.m. - As law enforcement search the campus for the shooting suspect,
                a Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff spots a male pedestrian walking by himself in the
                “Cage” parking lot along Duck Pond Drive. As the deputy drives towards the man, he
                momentarily loses sight of him. When the deputy finally reaches the subject, the man is
                on the ground and deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

                12/8/11 5:20 p.m. - Outside of the Greenhouses, police recover a backpack containing a
                wool cap and pullover worn by Ashley at the time of Officer Crouse’s shooting. At this
                stage of the investigation, state police investigators have found no connection between
                Ashley and a handwritten message on the wall of one of the Greenhouses.

    The Virginia State Police, with the assistance of local and federal law enforcement, have
    executed search warrants during the course of the investigation. Because this is still an
    ongoing investigation, the warrants remain sealed at this time.

    Virginia State Police has been assisted during the course of this active investigation by the
    Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Radford City police departments, Montgomery
    County Sheriff’s Office, FBI and Secret Service.

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