Trooper Leo Whitt

Trooper Leo Whitt

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, April 12, 1985

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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To Andrew Sanborn, we are so thankful for all that you did that horrible night thirty three years ago. Everything about that night was horrific for my family. The one thing that helped was the knowledge that the killer had been caught. We were in a trooper's car very late at night making a long ride from MCV hospital. I don't think he ever made it there despite a report on local news that he had. Word came over the radio that the search for the killer was over. You helped make this happen and we are indebted for that. I feel so sorry for families when the earthly justice is never seen.

Thank you to all who still remember my dad. We were shown much support and friendship by so many at our most difficult time. Kind deeds such as those are never forgotten. Andrew, please know we are grateful to you and wish you all the best in all that is ahead for you.


April 12, 2018

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