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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

Incident Date: 4/12/1985

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: 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 began my shift today, much like the countless other shifts I have worked in my nearly 27 years as a Virginia State Policeman. Except today I traveled to Prince George County, some two hours from my current assignment. I traveled there to attend a bridge dedication for Trooper Leo Whitt at a rest area at mm 37 I-95 N. I never met Leo, but his connection to my family has seemed somewhat surreal since his untimely death nearly 30 years ago. My father (VSP retired) was a shift partner of Leo's back in the mid 1960's. Shortly after his murder, Leo's widow married my great uncle who had suddenly lost his wife of 35 years. While I was afforded seating in the "family section", somehow every single soul there seemed like family. For some reason I have always thought of Leo as a "young Trooper", when in reality he was 49 at the time of his death, and would have been 78 years old today. To hear the heartfelt tribute fellow Troopers and friends gave today; some 30 years after this tragedy made me especially proud to be part of the family affectionately known as "Virginia's Finest!" If you find yourself traveling through the Commonwealth of Virginia on Interstate 95 N. South of our state capital, Richmond, in the vicinity of mm 37 will be a bridge dedicated to Trooper Leo Whitt....please give a salute, honk your horn, or merely glance toward the heavens.......for I am quite sure an Angel will be there to acknowledge your gesture. RIP Trooper Leo Whitt, it has been much too long of a time coming, may GOD bless the peacemakers in Blue.

First Sergeant Ken S. Keesee
Virginia State Police
July 18, 2014

 

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