Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 17 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Sentenced to life
Officer Bland was shot and killed while making a traffic stop. He had placed the suspect in the back of his patrol car. As he was writing a ticket, the man shot him in the back of the head through an opening in the patrol car's cage. The suspect kicked out one of the rear windows of the car and fled on foot. The suspect was arrested after a two hour manhunt. The man was convicted of Officer Bland's murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Officer Bland's body was found by his wife, who was also an officer with the Newport News Police Department.
Officer Bland had previously served as an auxiliary officer for the Hampton Police Department, Gloucester County Sheriff's Office, and Newport News Police Department.