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Senior Trooper Charles Mark Cosslett | Virginia State Police, Virginia Virginia State Police, Virginia

Senior Trooper

Charles Mark Cosslett

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch: Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 16 years

Badge # 968

Cause: Motorcycle accident

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Trooper Charles Cosslett was killed in a motorcycle accident on I-95 near Backlick Road south of I-495 in the Springfield area of Fairfax County.

Trooper Cosslett was responding to a sniper-related shooting call at 1735 hours and driving on the right shoulder around rush hour traffic when a tow-truck veered onto the shoulder from the right lane. The motorcycle struck the tow-truck, killing Trooper Cosslett instantly.

Trooper Cosslett was scheduled to be off the day he was killed but reported to work to help other officers search for a sniper who had killed ten people and wounded another three in the Washington metro area. The shooting call he was responding to turned out to be unfounded. The two suspects in the sniper case were arrested at 0300 hours the next morning near Frederick, Maryland.

Trooper Cosslett was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and had been employed with the Virginia State Police for 16 years. He is survived by his wife, 3-year-old son, and 2-year-old daughter.

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In my 28 year career as an Officer with FCPD, I did not experience a worst day, than the day we lost you brother Mark. The night we loaded your body into that ambulance, troopers and Officers cried like young children. The raw pain was too much to bear, and we had to embrace other for support as we said a prayer to the lord. We prayed for you and your dear family. Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. You will remain in my mind until my last day in this earth.

MPO Abraham Gelabert
Fairfax County Police
February 21, 2016


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