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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

Incident Date: 6/23/2003

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: 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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As a fellow Virginia Beach Police Department employee, I am so touched by the deaths of so many Virginia Beach Police Officers since my leaving the department in the 1970's. Especially by those officers that were married, and leaving behind children that will never remember their father, as Rodney's child of nine months old, when his father was murdered.

It goes the opposite direction as well! A police officer dying in the line of duty with a 9 month old child, that he will never see grow to maturity, and possibly having grand children he will never see or know as well. That is the horrible crux of these valiant officers giving their ultimate sacrifice for their communities.

All are brothers, like as in the Marine Corps, brothers-in-arms.

Sgt Raymond L. Britt, USMC
Fellow Police Department Worker
Marine Corps Veteran
Decorated Vietnam War Veteran

Sgt Raymond L. Britt, USMC
Past employee of the Virginia Beach Police Department
October 10, 2014

 

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