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


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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As a green teenager in the early 70's who wanted a cheap mode of transportation, I purchased an old VW bug from a mechanic at a dealership in Petersburg. I paid $500 for it. The mechanic said the title to the car would be mailed to me. As time passed, of course, no title ever came.
As fathers do, my dad warned me not to buy the car without a title, but of course I didn't listen to him. Leo was our neighbor, and I asked him if I could do anything about it. He said, " Don't worry about it." Long story short, Leo told the mechanic to produce a title or buy the car back from me and that's what the man did. I learned two lessons from that incident,1. Listen to your father, he has your best interest at heart and 2. Never underestimate the influence of a Va. State Trooper in uniform!
He had a great laugh, and is truly missed.

Cathy Martin Hall
Family friend
October 15, 2015


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