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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Earl was a good friend to my younger brother. Our father had died when Glenn was 12, with only women at home he needed someone to talk to. Earl was that person. His death was a deep loss to my brother. Tonight as I heard of NPN losing an officer, I was remembering Earl and found this site. My sympathy to the city and her family.

Juanetta (Daniel) Walker
Sister of a friend

January 23, 2020

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