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 in 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 committing suicide.

Trooper McCoy had served with the agency 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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It has been 34 years now since Trooper Ricky McCoy was tragically murdered while making what he thought was a routine traffic stop. I just now found this
Ricky was my first cousin and we both had brothers and sisters much older so we ended up playing together- in the creek we built damns to cross with lots of rocks. Then we built what we called
“tents” or houses so we could play games and eat our pbj’s or bologna sandwiches!
There were so many other ways we played together as we grew up. Little did we know life would change so much for him.
Ricky was one of the kindest people you would ever meet. We talked about living in our parents’ houses when they were gone and when we married and had children they would play together like we had.
He told me of his dream of being a State Trooper- he was a rather small guy and the family wondered if he could pass the physical requirements for the job- but he did!
The last time I saw Ricky was on July 20, 1985 when he came to my wedding.
My husband and I had gone to his and Jenny’s wedding the previous Spring.
It was so heart-wrenching to learn the morning of January 3, 1986 that Ricky had been killed. I think his death affected me more than almost any other death I have had in my family. He was only 29 and so much my little brother. I will never forget him or the tragic circumstances that took him away from his family. His parents grieved so long and so hard.
I feel he embodied the best a trooper could possibly be- kind, honest, dedicated and a friend to all. God rest his soul.

Kathy Folger

August 16, 2020

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