Sergeant James Leroy Biggs

Sergeant James Leroy Biggs

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, December 19, 1984

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James Leroy Biggs

Trooper James Biggs was shot and killed during a traffic stop at the I-64 rest stop in Alleghany County, two miles from the West Virginia line.

The driver of the car was a prison escapee.

The killer was convicted of Trooper Biggs' death and sentenced to life in prison.

Trooper Biggs had served with the Virginia State Police for 18 years. In May 2004, the Virginia legislature voted to have two bridges on I-64 named in memory of Trooper Biggs.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 284

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

escapee, traffic stop

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When I was in the Marine Corps I met Trooper Biggs twice in two days and will never forget it. On a Friday night around 9, I was on I-64 hitchhiking when he picked me up lectured me on how unsafe it was to walking along the road, he did give me a ride to the WV state line and told me if he ever caught me out there again I wouldn't like the results. Sunday night I was hitching back to Quantico and DANGED if he didn't stop again and to this day I have know idea where he let me out or if I was in VA or WV or what road I was on, I just know it was daylight before I saw a house. His only words were "Get in" and "Get out, walk". Shortly after the bridges were named to honor him I passed over them and reflected back to our encounters and when I got back to my home in Caroline County I contacted Sheriff Tony Lippa who I knew was a retired Trooper to see what we could do to name two bridges in Caroline County after two fallen troopers, Trooper Lohr and Trooper Farmer. Thanks to my chance encounters with Sgt Biggs the day the two Caroline bridges were dedicated I met an ex-trooper that had gone to the academy with Trooper Biggs. Thank you for your service Sgt. Biggs

Roger G. Cavendish

December 18, 2018

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