Patrol Officer Eugene Hollins, Sr.

Patrol Officer Eugene Hollins, Sr.

Petersburg Bureau of Police, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, November 25, 1967

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Eugene Hollins, Sr.

Patrol Officer Eugene Hollins was shot and killed at about 9:00 pm after responding to a shots fired call at Harding Street and Mistletoe Street.

While talking with two complainants he was shot in the chest and thigh. He was transported to a local hospital by the two complainants in his patrol car. The suspect was arrested 20 minutes later by two off-duty police officers.

No clear motive for the shooting could be established. Investigators determined the suspect just wanted to shoot a police officer and did not care who he was. On January 16, 1968, the subject was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Hollins had served with the Petersburg Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and 11-year-old son. He was a former professional basketball player, having played with the Cincinnati Royals, Syracuse Nationals, and the Harlem Globetrotters.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

ambush, shooting call

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