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Trooper Leo Whitt | Virginia State Police, Virginia Virginia State Police, Virginia

Trooper

Leo Whitt

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch: Friday, April 12, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 751

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1995

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Trooper Leo Whitt was shot and killed during a traffic stop on I-95 in Prince George County. The shooting occurred at approximately 9:45 pm.

The suspect had escaped from a Maryland prison-type drug treatment facility earlier that day; he had been placed there after 10 felony convictions. He stole a car and then drove to his stepfather's restaurant, where he assaulted and robbed him. He then proceeded down interstate 95 heading towards Florida, picking up a hitchhiker.

Shortly thereafter he was pulled over for a routine traffic stop by Trooper Whitt. The suspect shot Trooper Whitt twice, once in the neck and then between the eyes. He later bragged to his companion that he got away with killing a police officer.

The suspect was apprehended and convicted of Trooper Whitt's murder. He was executed in 1996.

Trooper Whitt had served with the Virginia State Police for over 20 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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I am the hitchhiker Andrew Sanborn who reported this wrong and very unfortunate incident. Over the years I have thought about ways I could have have helped to prevent this from happening. I was to afraid to interfere with the whole situation. I still have terrible dreams about this to this day. If I was braver I might have saved Mr.Whitt. I was thinking I'm gone to get killed. Which was selfish I know.I never did stop thinking about how officer Shirt did not deserve what Mr. Beaver did to him. My heart goes out to all of his family and co-workers. I know this was a very good man who did not deserve to die like that. I am glad I took the time to make sure Mr. Beaver did not get away with it. I could have got out at Hardee's Burger and kept hitchhiking. I know I made the right choice though. I am still very sorry I was not brave enough to try and save the man. That is something I live with and am bothered by till this day. God bless Trooper Whitt all who knew him. Sincerely Andrew Sanborn.

Andrew Sanborn
Eye witness
August 24, 2017

 

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