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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

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: 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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Hello Garland

You were best friends with my parents and I grew up just a few hundred yards from you and your family. I remember playing with Alicia while my dad and you worked in your garage.

I went into law enforcement partly because of you and I am now a supervisor for a North Carolina agency. Recently one of my rookie officers did something that required an educational moment.

I made him read about you and I told him the facts that occurred on I-85 that sad day when we lost you. I told him all about you (how great of a man you were) and your family also.

When I was done I asked him if he understood that the profession we have has enough dangers without him adding to it. His eyes were wide open and he said yes sir.

I wanted you to know that you are still touching lives in a positive manner and I am proud to have known you. I continue to try and be as good of a man and a law enforcement officer as you were. The bar you set is very high and I know that I may never achieve to reach it but you are an inspiration still.

My prayers to you and your family.

Cpl. C. C. Fisher USMC/Durham P.D.
Durham Police Department
February 14, 2015

 

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