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Police Officer Rodney Fredderick Pocceschi | Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia

Police Officer

Rodney Fredderick Pocceschi

Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Monday, June 23, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 195

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Police Officer Rodney Pocceschi was shot and killed while making a traffic stop in the 2100 block of Dam Neck Road at 3:24 am.

After the vehicle was stopped, the driver exited and opened fire, striking Officer Pocceschi. The suspect and Officer Pocceschi were fatally wounded in the ensuing exchange of gunfire. A juvenile who was returning from a fishing trip, observed Officer Pocceschi in the roadway and stopped to render assistance. He flagged down another officer who was responding to a robbery call. Officer Pocceschi was transported to Virginia Beach General Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds approximately 40 minutes later.

Officer Pocceschi had stopped the vehicle only minutes after a robbery call at a local restaurant. The vehicle's passenger and an employee of the restaurant that was robbed, were both arrested and charged in relation to the robbery. The suspect who shot Officer Pocceschi was a six time convicted felon and was wanted for assaulting another police officer.

Officer Pocceschi had served with the Virginia Beach Police Department for four years and was assigned to the Special Operations Units. He had previously served with the Bloomsburg University Police Department in Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife and 9-month-old son.

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I remember Officer Pocceschi as a sensitive and compassionate man. One night, only weeks before his death, he approached my car in the parking lot of Chimney Hill Shopping Center about 2 AM. He asked what I was doing sitting there all alone. I told him I was reflecting on my mother's death, earlier that day. He suggested that I should be with family but I told him I was the strong one everyone leaned on. He expressed sympathy and drove off. He came back a few minutes later. He took some personal time so that he could sit with me. I remember thinking how beautiful this moment was, the Police Office consoling the preacher. When I heard what had happened I was deeply saddened but thankful that we had shared that unforgettable moment. God put us together for a moment in time and revealed a shining soul.

Reverend Vernon Kitabu Turner
January 25, 2016


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