Patrolman Wallace Earl Nesbitt

Patrolman Wallace Earl Nesbitt

Newport News Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, January 8, 1970

Wallace Earl Nesbitt

Patrolman Wallace Nesbitt was shot and killed while arresting a man for writing a bad check. 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 Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

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God bless your family. I worked with Earl on the NNPD Was on duty date of his murder.

Former homicide detective
NNPD. Licensed PI VA

May 22, 2018

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