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

traffic stop

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Today my son and I went to your grave. Tomorrow it will be 29 years since you left. The memories of your smile are as strong as when I saw it with my own eyes. Many times I stopped to check on you on Interstate 95 when I was with PWCPD. You always smiled and waved to let me know that you were good. I told my son about your smile and how kind you always were. We shared many court dates together and you always looked at me with that smile. No matter how many years pass you will always be remembered. It seems like yesterday I was at your funeral. I stood at your gravesite today at Fairview Cemetery. I have driven by so many times on the way home but today it was time to stop and say a few words to let you know that you are not and will never be forgotten. 29 years went by in the blink of an eye but the memories live forever.

First Sgt. Salvatore A Torelli (Retired)
Fauquier County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

February 23, 2022

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