Police Officer James Melvin Feltis, III

Police Officer James Melvin Feltis, III

United States Department of Defense - Pentagon Force Protection Agency, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, February 14, 2005

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James Melvin Feltis, III

Police Officer James Feltis succumbed to injuries sustained one month earlier when he was struck by a stolen car being pursued by the Alexandria Police Department.

The vehicle had been carjacked minutes earlier and was located by an Alexandria Police Department officer on Route 1 in the Del Rey area. The officer pursued the vehicle through Arlington County and onto the Pentagon Reservation.

The driver of the vehicle proceeded down the wrong way of Rotary Lane and then the wrong way up an exit ramp from Route 27. Officer Feltis, who was unaware of the pursuit, stepped out of a control booth at the bottom of the exit ramp to motion the vehicle to stop. The driver of the vehicle instead sped up and struck Officer Feltis before continuing to flee.

An Alexandria officer then rammed the vehicle at the top of the exit ramp on Route 27. The suspect began to struggle with the pursuing officers and was able to obtain one of their weapons. The weapon was discharged, striking the suspect in the leg before he was taken into custody.

Officer Feltis was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he remained in critical condition until succumbing to his injuries.

The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and firearms charges in connection with the incident. He was sentenced to 31 years in prison.

On February 8th, 2005, Officer Feltis was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal of Valor at a hospital bedside ceremony.

Officer Feltis is survived by his wife and daughter. He had served with the United States Pentagon Force Protection Agency for 12 years.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 212

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Location Virginia
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 11, 2005
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 31 years

robbery, vehicle pursuit

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