Statement of Speaker Gilbert on Murders at Bridgewater College


Campus Police Officer John Painter (left) and Campus Safety Officer J.J. Jefferson (right)

Speaker Todd Gilbert issued the following statement on the murder of a campus police officer and campus safety officer Tuesday afternoon:

“Earlier today, an incomprehensible act of violence was perpetrated at Bridgewater College. While we continue to learn more about what happened we do know that a campus police officer and a campus safety officer, Police Officer John Painter and campus Safety Officer J.J. Jefferson, were killed in the line of duty as they protected their community. We are praying for their families and friends.”

“The Virginia House of Delegates stands behind Bridgewater College, the surrounding community, and the people of Rockingham County as they confront this horror. We will work with Governor Youngkin and his administration to put the resources of our Commonwealth at the disposal of those affected.”