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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I lived in Woodbridge, VA for 27 year, we now live in Alexandria.
I want you to know, that every time I drove over Trooper Cavazos’s Memorial Bridge (hundreds of times) he and his family were in my prayers. It must be horrendous, to lose your loved one in such a manner. Just wanted to let you know, he was not forgotten or that he is just a name on a bridge. I remember when he was murdered and although, I never knew him, it was devastating. Every time I drove over his bridge, in my mind, I always saw him smiling proud, in his photograph. He’s never been a name in the ether to me, he’s always been real and lives in my mind forever.

Sonia Hagenbergero
U. S. Navy Veteran

August 10, 2019

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