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Trooper II Jose M. Cavazos | Virginia State Police, Virginia Virginia State Police, Virginia

Trooper II

Jose M. Cavazos

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 24, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 12 years

Badge # 772

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Executed in 2000

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Trooper Jose Cavazos was shot and killed during a traffic stop on an exit ramp from southbound I-95 in the Dale City area of Prince William County. During the traffic stop the passenger of the vehicle opened fire with a 9 mm handgun, striking Trooper Cavazos six times.

Two men were arrested in connection with his murder. The shooter was sentenced to death and was executed on March 16, 2000. The overpass at the Dale City interchange where Trooper Cavazos was killed was named in his honor in January 1998.

Trooper Cavazos had served with the Virginia State Police for 12 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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Jose you will never be forgotten. When some of us older Troopers are sitting around trading stories your name always comes up. You were one of the best.

Master Trooper
September 21, 2015


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