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Trooper Ricky Marshall McCoy | Virginia State Police, Virginia Virginia State Police, Virginia


Ricky Marshall McCoy

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch: Friday, January 3, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 5 years, 6 months

Badge # 1551

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed suicide

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Trooper McCoy was shot and killed after responding to reports of a vehicle being driven erratically on I-81 near Salem, Virginia. As he approached the vehicle the suspects ambushed him and wounded him. As he attempted to crawl back to his patrol car one of the suspects shot and killed him.

The men had just stolen the vehicle from West Virginia after shooting the owner. After shooting Trooper McCoy the suspects ran to a nearby residence, killed one of the residents, kidnapped the man's wife, and stole their van. A chase ensued in which the men shot and killed the hostage before both committing suicide.

Trooper McCoy had served with the agency for 5.5 years. He was survived by his wife, parents, sister, and brother.

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Rick was my cousin and I remember so much about him growing up. We would visit from OH every summer or they would come to our house. I can still see him sitting at his Mother's organ and singing or playing in the creek outside his house. We scared up some skunks one summer and smelled terrific for a few days! I was surprised when I looked up his name and found this web site. How wonderful that he is remembered in this way. He was a wonderful, caring human being and I know that he is smiling down on his family. A lot of time has passed since then, but I still pull out the old pictures of us together. He was a great friend and an amazing man for the short time he blessed us in this world.

Rose (Marquette) Rollins
February 12, 2015


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