Trooper Richard V. Woods

Trooper Richard V. Woods

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, August 15, 1969

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Richard V. Woods

Trooper Richard Woods was shot and killed in front of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort while attempting to arrest three robbery suspects. The shooting occurred as he attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding. Unbeknownst to Trooper Woods, the occupants had just committed an armed robbery.

The suspect was extradited to South Carolina from Georgia in 1985 to continue his life sentence after escaping in 1971. The murderer was denied parole for the seventh time in March 2004, and later died in prison on May 11, 2008.

Trooper Woods was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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I have not been in Beaufort in almost half a century, but I will never forget the hero Richard Woods and his sacrifice in the line of duty.
I am glad I found this place to express my respect and enduring gratitude.
I extend my heartfelt sympathy again to the family for the loss suffered that day in 1969.

Beverly Seaton

March 9, 2019

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