Lieutenant James Edward "Bo" Weaver

Lieutenant James Edward "Bo" Weaver

Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Monday, June 27, 2005

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James Edward "Bo" Weaver

Lieutenant James Weaver was shot and killed with his own service weapon during a struggle with a juvenile prisoner on Tollgate Road, in Petersburg, at approximately 1:30 pm.

Lieutenant Weaver was returning the juvenile from a court appearance in Amelia County to the Crater Juvenile Detention Center. During the drive the prisoner was somehow able to get out of his leg restraints and handcuffs. The prisoner reached over the front seat of the vehicle, surprising Lieutenant Weaver, and grabbed his service weapon from its holster. The boy then forced Lieutenant Weaver to drive to a residential area.

The two exited the patrol car and were standing on opposite sides when the suspect suddenly opened fire, striking Lieutenant Weaver in the abdomen. The suspect continued to fire as Lieutenant Weaver turned, fatally striking him in the back. Lieutenant Weaver was flown to VCU Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds several hours later.

The suspect fled to a nearby apartment where he remained until turning himself in 90 minutes later. He was charged as an adult with six charges, including capital murder. On June 13, 2006, the suspect plead guilty to first degree murder and six other charges.

Lieutenant Weaver had served with the Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office for 16 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, and six grandchildren.

Bio

  • Age 59
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 60

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Plead guilty to first degree murder

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God Bless You Bo! Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. I remember that day of fishing that you and Merlin had on the pond, y'all hauled them in that day! It broke Merlin's heart when your watch ended. But he's in heaven with you now. May God continue to Bless your family through their years of sadness and grief.

Karen Burroughs
Civilian Supporter
Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office
Dinwiddie, VA

October 7, 2020

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