Patrolman Wallace Earl Nesbitt

Patrolman Wallace Earl Nesbitt

Newport News Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, January 8, 1970

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Wallace Earl Nesbitt

Patrolman Wallace Nesbitt was shot and killed while arresting a man for writing a bad check in the Sherwood Shopping Center. While handcuffing the suspect the man suddenly spun around, grabbed Patrolman Nesbitt's service weapon, and shot him.

Patrolman Nesbitt was a Vietnam War veteran and had served with the Newport News Police Department for 2 years. He was survived by his expectant wife, who later gave birth to a son. Patrolman Nesbitt's son went on to serve as a police officer in the Newport News Police Department.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 2 years, 1 month
  • Badge 67
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available

arrest attempt

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I was involved in the investigation of the Officer Wallace Earl Nesbitt's death as a NNPD Detective. Lt. Harry Martin made the arrest of the suspect. The entire Police department was present when we all learned of the shooting.
Earl was a dear friend and trained many officers in the Traffic Division. He was a motorcycle officer when he was killed. I was pleased to hear that his son went on to be a Newport News Police Officer, I am sure Earl would have been proud. The Newport News Fraternal Order of Police bears his name to this date. Richard T Chance

Private Investigator/former NNPD Det.
Was member of NNPD

April 27, 2020

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