Trooper First Class Chadwick T. LeCroy Georgia State Patrol Georgia End of Watch: Monday, December 27, 2010

 

Photograph: Trooper First Class Chadwick T. LeCroyPatch image: Georgia State Patrol, Georgia

Trooper First Class Chadwick T. LeCroy
Georgia State Patrol
Georgia

End of Watch: Monday, December 27, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 38
Tour of Duty: 2 years
Badge Number: 744

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, December 27, 2010
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Trooper Chadwick LeCroy was shot and killed in Atlanta after a short vehicle pursuit.
He had attempted to stop a vehicle with a broken headlight on Bolton Road near James Jackson Parkway. The vehicle fled until it crashed at the intersection of St. Paul Avenue and Hightower Road.
As Trooper LeCroy approached the vehicle the suspect opened fire on him, striking him twice. The subject then stole Trooper LeCroy’s patrol car and fled the scene. He was arrested a short distance away by members of the Atlanta Police Department and Cobb County Police Department.
Trooper LeCroy had served with the Georgia State Patrol for two years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Agency Contact Information
Georgia State Patrol
Public Information Office
PO Box 1456
Atlanta, GA 30371
Phone: (404) 624-7597
Please contact the Georgia State Patrol for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

By Rhonda Cook

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The image that comes to mind when Sam Houston hears his stepson’s name is of a giddy new state trooper standing next to his new Dodge Charger patrol car.

“He loved his job. He was working his dream and we were all so happy for him,”  Houston told the AJC of Trooper First Class Chad LeCroy, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop around 11 p.m. Monday.

LeCroy, the 38-year-old father of two sons, died in the ambulance on the way to Grady Memorial Hospital. He was a member of a special street crime suppression unit and was on Bolton Road near Fulton County’s Charlie Brown Field when he was shot.

The Georgia State Patrol said LeCroy tried to stop a 2007 Mazda with a broken taillight but the driver drove off, and LeCroy pursued. The suspect crashed the Mazda he was driving moments later. GSP spokesman Gordy Wright  said the suspect, whose name has not been released, opened fire when LeCroy approached.

The suspect drove off in LeCroy’s patrol car but ditched it a few blocks away on Gun Club Drive. Atlanta and Cobb police arrested the suspect nearby. Authorities say they found the gun believed to have been used in the killing.

The man in custody Tuesday afternoon has not been formally charged, according to Vernon Keenan, the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is in charge of the case. The suspect’s name will be released once the GBI secures an arrest warrant. Keenan said that should happen by  Tuesday afternoon, after LeCroy’s autopsy is completed and after agents have exercised a warrant for samples of the suspect’s DNA.

“He has a lengthy criminal record,” Keenan said of the suspect.

His history includes arrests for possession of a firearm, eluding police, obstruction and drug possession. Keenan said more details will be released later.

The flags at the Georgia Department of Public Safety were lowered to half-staff Tuesday in honor of LeCroy, the first trooper to be shot and killed since 1975, and the 27th trooper to die in the line of duty since the GSP was organized in 1937.

Houston said his wife, LeCroy’s mother, was holding up well, but that the slain trooper’s 21-year-old son was having a more difficult time dealing with his father’s death. “He seems to be taking it the hardest,” Houston said of Bret LeCroy.

LeCroy’s other son is Chase, 10. LeCroy lived with his wife, Keisha, and both sons in Marietta.

LeCroy also has two stepsisters, one older and one younger. Houston recalled how LeCroy, as a boy, tolerated well when his stepsisters and their friends would use him for a model when they played with makeup.

Houston, a retired Smyrna police captain, was stranded by snow in his home in the small north Georgia town  of Cherry Log, near Blue Ridge, when he got the news. His wife, who was at work a few miles away,  was able to get to her son’s house in Marietta.

Houston said he has known LeCroy since he was a young boy, even before Houston married Donna LeCroy. Houston said LeCroy was always interested in his stepfather’s police stories.

“He was always around me,” Houston said. “I would have pieces of uniforms that would disappear occasionally and [I] would find Chad had them.”

LeCroy didn’t apply to trooper school immediately after leaving college, Houston said. He first worked for his biological father’s construction business. He completed his State Patrol training in August 2008, and received the "top gun" award for scoring the highest in his class in firearms testing.

Upon graduation, every trooper is assigned a car that is to be driven home. LeCroy was given a new tan Charger with the number 744, LeCroy’s trooper number, on it.

“We have a photo of him leaning on his car with a huge smile on his face.” Houston said. “That smile on his face was like a kid at Christmas.”

The family didn’t see LeCroy this Christmas because he was working. But his Thanksgiving visit to North Georgia was much longer than normal.

“On Thanksgiving the whole family was here, kids and grandkids. We had a houseful,” Houston said. “Chad seemed reluctant to leave. There was a fire in the fire place and he stayed and stayed and stayed until 1 in the morning. We just commented that, that was unusual.”

Houston said that was the last time he saw LeCroy.

Staff writers Alexis Stevens and Larry Hartstein contributed to this article.

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2 Responses to “Trooper First Class Chadwick T. LeCroy Georgia State Patrol Georgia End of Watch: Monday, December 27, 2010”


  1. 1 Tara Gattis- Ross December 30, 2010 at 00:10

    My God be with this family during their time of loss. It is so sad to know that a repeat offender was turned loose to murder an innocent officer who was just doing his job. I can only pray for this family that justice will FINALLY be served. Being that my children’s father is an officer, it really hits home. You never want to see this for any family members of slain officers. WE NEED TOUGHER LAWS FOR COP KILLERS. THEY SHOULD BE EXECUTED…end of story.

  2. 2 michellefrommadison January 5, 2011 at 21:40

    Might be time to correctly train our officers.


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