Trooper Ricky Marshall McCoy

Trooper Ricky Marshall McCoy

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, January 3, 1986

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Ricky Marshall McCoy

Trooper Ricky McCoy was shot and killed after responding to reports of a vehicle being driven erratically on I-81 near Salem, Virginia.

As he approached the vehicle, the suspects ambushed him and wounded him. As he attempted to crawl back to his patrol car, one of the suspects shot and killed him.

The men had just stolen the vehicle from the Front Royal area after shooting the owner. After shooting Trooper McCoy, the suspects ran to a nearby residence, killed one of the residents, kidnapped the man's wife, and stole their van. A chase ensued in which the men shot and killed the hostage before both committed suicide.

Trooper McCoy had served with the Virginia State Police for 5.5 years. He was survived by his wife, parents, sister, and brother.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 5 years, 6 months
  • Badge 1551

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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Driving to a family reunion to be on Sunday, this Memorial Day Weekend (2023) and saw Va. Trooper Ricky M McCoy name on sign for the memorial bridge. Have not driven on this part of I-81. Looked up his story and found this site. Our hearts ache for his grieving family, friends, and colleagues. We ask GOD Almighty to grant Trooper McCoy a peaceful rest until the Day of Resurrection; comfort, some peace, and hope for his family, and justice and mercy for us all.
Proverbs (King Solomon)
28:1. The wicked[evil] flee when no one pursues;
but the righteous are bold as a lion.
most sincerely,
The Welke and Flynn Families

Civilian Diane Flynn; WinchesterVa

May 25, 2023

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