Trooper Leo Whitt

Trooper Leo Whitt

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, April 12, 1985

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Leo Whitt

Trooper Leo Whitt was shot and killed during a traffic stop on I-95 in Prince George County, approximately 10 miles south of Petersburg. The shooting occurred at approximately 9:45 pm.

The suspect had escaped from a Maryland prison-type drug treatment facility earlier that day. He had been committed to the facility after being convicted of 10 felony convictions. He stole a car and then drove to his stepfather's restaurant, where he assaulted and robbed him. He then proceeded down I-95 heading towards Florida, picking up a hitchhiker.

Shortly thereafter he was pulled over for a routine traffic stop by Trooper Whitt. The suspect shot Trooper Whitt twice, once in the neck and then between the eyes. He later bragged to his companion that he got away with killing a police officer.

The suspect was apprehended and convicted of Trooper Whitt's murder. He was executed in 1996.

Trooper Whitt had served with the Virginia State Police for over 20 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 751

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1995

robbery, stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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Back in 1972 I was 16 years old. I got pulled over a couple times by Leo on some small traffic infraction. He told me life was like a baseball game and 3 strikes you are out. He let me go on the first two times. I don't remember what they were, something like a expired inspection sticker. Then I did something again, took my tags off one car and put them on another. He took my license plates and told me he wouldn't give them back till I legally transferred them.

It took me a week to get the money so every afternoon l would walk to work about a 3 mile trip and every afternoon he would happen to be in the neighborhood and give me a ride to work most of the times in his own vehicle.

Sometimes when l am out and find a older state policeman l always ask if they knew him and a sometimes l find one old enough to remember him. They always say nice things about him because he was a nice guy. He will be remembered.

Mike Daggett

January 3, 2019

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