Trooper II Jose M. Cavazos

Trooper II Jose M. Cavazos

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, February 24, 1993

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Jose M. Cavazos

Trooper Jose Cavazos was shot and killed during a traffic stop on an exit ramp from southbound I-95 in the Dale City area of Prince William County. During the traffic stop the passenger of the vehicle opened fire with a 9 mm handgun, striking Trooper Cavazos six times.

Two men were arrested in connection with his murder. The shooter was sentenced to death and was executed on March 16, 2000. The overpass at the Dale City interchange where Trooper Cavazos was killed was named in his honor in January 1998.

Trooper Cavazos had served with the Virginia State Police for 12 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 772

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Executed in 2000

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Last week we came upon a crime scene near our home, when we found out a DPS Trooper had been shot several time my heart ached for the loss of my Uncle Joe.
I will never forget my family getting ready to leave to Virginia from Edinburg, NOT Scotland, Texas when we got the news of the passing of my Uncle Joe who lived where it snowed!! (Being from Texas snow was only something we saw on the T.V. ).
We have a Trooper that is in critical condition with two shots to the head please pray for him his name is Moises Sanchez. I'll never forget the way my Uncle Joe laughed when we went to visit him in the summer and I asked "Where is the snow?", it was July....Uncle Joe laughed and said I was either a little too late or a little too early for snow.
I was pregnant with my son and couldn't make the trip. My son's name is Christian Noe and the OE in is middle name stands for Uncle JOE. Never forget you! Love you! Niece, Melinda CAVAZOS

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April 11, 2019

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