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 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 was a United States Army National Guard veteran and had served with the Christiansburg Police Department for only one year but had served in law enforcement for 20 years, serving with the Hillsville Police Department, Radford University Police Department, and Floyd County Sheriff's Office. 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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Officer Hylton,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the VAARNG. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 9, 2023

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