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Trooper Garland West Fisher, Jr. | Virginia State Police, Virginia Virginia State Police, Virginia


Garland West Fisher, Jr.

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch: Monday, November 15, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: North Carolina

Incident Date: 11/15/1976

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Convicted and sentenced to 80 years in p

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Trooper Garland Fisher was shot and killed after being abducted during a traffic stop.

Unbeknownst to Trooper Fisher, the suspect was wanted for an earlier kidnapping. During the stop, the suspect was able to disarm Trooper Fisher and shot him. He then forced Trooper Fisher to drive towards Atlanta, Georgia. Trooper Fisher was allowed to radio his headquarters and inform them of what was happening.

Virginia State Police trailed the car into North Carolina where officers from the North Carolina Highway Patrol set up a roadblock. As the car approached the roadblock, several shots were fired from the car. The officers stationed at the roadblock opened fire on the car, wounding the suspect. Officer Fisher was found dead in the back of the car.

The suspect was taken into custody and charged with murder and kidnapping. He was convicted and sentenced to 80 years in prison, and will not be eligible for parole until 2056.

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

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RIP Trooper Fisher. I attended the 41st session of the VSP Academy with Garland in 1964. I will always remember him . God watch over his Family and all LE.

Former Trooper Ken R. Bays
Virginia State Police
March 12, 2014


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