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

Trooper

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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We were shift mates and due to the limited number of Troopers assigned to Dinwiddie County, G. W. was working the entire county alone since it was my night off. I often wonder if I had been working with him that night, would the outcome have been different.

G. W. survived the Vietnam War, only to be killed in the line of duty. A good and honest man taken away far too early. REST IN PEACE, my good friend, and thank you for your service to our Country and State.

First Sergeant (Ret.) Jim Onley
Virginia State Police
December 29, 2014

 

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