Officer Scott Allen Hylton

Officer Scott Allen Hylton

Christiansburg Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, May 9, 2003

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Scott Allen Hylton

Officer Scott Hylton was shot and killed after responding to a shoplifting call at a gas station, at 2375 Roanoke Street, at approximately 5:30 am.

When he pulled into the parking lot the suspect immediately went to the patrol car and started attacking him. Officer Hylton was able to make it out of the vehicle, but the subject knocked him to the ground and gained control of his .40 caliber service weapon.

The man started shooting at the store and then shot Officer Hylton several times as he lay on the ground. The subject then tried to drive away but was stopped by a responding Montgomery County sheriff's deputy. The man immediately opened fire, wounding the deputy. The deputy, along with two other responding officers, chased the suspect into the nearby woods and exchanged fire with the him, killing him.

Officer Hylton was flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he died a short time later.

The deputy who was wounded, Corporal Eric Sutphin, was shot and killed in the line of duty on August 21st, 2006, while participating in a manhunt for a suspect who had shot and killed an unarmed hospital security guard after overpowering a deputy and stealing his service weapon.

Officer Hylton had served with the Christiansburg Police Department for only one year, but had served in law enforcement for 20 years. He had served with the Hillsville Police Department, Radford University Police Department, and Floyd County Sheriff's Office. He was also a member of the Army National Guard. He is survived by his wife, four children, parents, and sister.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 107
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Several times while Scott was going to Hillsville to work at night, he would see me with a stopped vehicle. He would always stop and make sure I was o.k. Once I thanked him for checking on me and he said " I wasn't checking on you ,I thought they were going to whip you and I just stopped to watch" A true Brother.

Retired Master Trooper Jimmy Howery
Virginia State Police

May 14, 2021

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