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Patrolman David W. Carpenter | Portsmouth Police Department, Virginia Portsmouth Police Department, Virginia

Patrolman

David W. Carpenter

Portsmouth Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 7, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Apprehended

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Patrolman Carpenter was killed when he was struck by a stolen vehicle while attempting to setup a roadblock on the I-264 off-ramp at Belmont Avenue. He and another officer had setup their patrol cars to block the exit ramp, but to allow enough space for the car to come through. The vehicle began to slow down, but the driver accelerated as Patrolman Carpenter came through the opening between the patrol cars. Patrolman Carpenter was struck and knocked 75-feet, then was run over by the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was eventually apprehended.

Patrolman Carpenter had been with the agency for one year and had been a military policeman for the three prior years.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 45th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect and you will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
February 7, 2012

 

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