Sergeant Earl Marlin Heisler

Sergeant Earl Marlin Heisler

James City County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, September 19, 1978

Earl Marlin Heisler

Sergeant Earl Heisler was shot and killed while searching a vehicle during a traffic stop. During the search a suspect grabbed Sergeant Heisler's service weapon and shot him.

The man fled but was later apprehended and returned to Virginia. He was found guilty and is serving a life sentence at Greenville Correctional Institution. He was denied parole in 2011.

Sergeant Heisler was survived by his wife and newborn child.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 4

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Committed

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Thoughts and prayers with the family as we remember. You are never forgotten! Honoring him with his reading at our stop at JCCPD on this year's LEU ride, 5-10-14.

Chaplain Sam Frye

May 7, 2014

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