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Trooper Alexander McKie Cochran, III | Virginia State Police, Virginia Virginia State Police, Virginia

Trooper

Alexander McKie Cochran, III

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, January 15, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Convicted of murder

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Trooper Alexander Cochran was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance at 9848 Hagel Circle, in his neighborhood in Fairfax County, at approximately 9:30 pm.

Trooper Cochran was off duty when he heard a gunshot and a woman's scream near his home on Hagel Circle, in the Lorton area. He ran into his home to get his service weapon and as he came back outside to investigate he was shot in the back and head with by a man who was firing a shotgun out of his second-floor window. He collapsed to the ground next to his patrol car.

An Army sergeant who lived in the neighborhood was also shot and killed when he came out of his home. The suspect was arrested at the scene and charged with two counts of murder and one count of malicious wounding. He was later convicted during his trial.

Trooper Cochran was a member of the Virginia Army National Guard and had served with the Virginia State Police for two years.

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Trooper Cochran was also Warrant Officer with the Virginia National Guard. He was a helicopter pilot and flew the Huey. I flew with him several times and considered a good pilot and a friend. We drove together to Richmond for drill. I was one of the pilots in his fly over at his funeral. Cochran, just a note to tell you that I was thinking about you today and miss your friendship.You were a person of the highest moral level.

LTC Gene Allue, retired
US Army/Army National Guard
February 18, 2017

 

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