Unit 1012 Cover Photo

Unit 1012 Cover Photo

Monday, August 21, 2017


On this date, August 21, 2006, Corporal Eric E. Sutphin of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Virginia, was killed in the line of duty. Let us honor this fallen policeman and thank God, that justice was served, as the Cop Killer, William Morva was executed on July 6, 2017.

Corporal Eric Sutphin
Eric E. Sutphin
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Monday, August 21, 2006

Bio & Incident Details
Age: 40
Tour: 13 years
Badge # 18
Cause: Gunfire
Weapon: Handgun
Offender: Executed in 2017

Corporal Eric Sutphin was shot and killed while participating in a massive manhunt for an escaped prisoner who had shot and killed a hospital security guard the previous morning.

The killer had overpowered a deputy after being taken to Montgomery Regional Hospital for leg injuries. He was able to obtain control of the deputy's service weapon and then shot and killed the unarmed hospital security guard who had attempted to assist the deputy.

After the killer fled from the scene, he was the subject of a massive manhunt. Corporal Sutphin was shot and killed when he encountered the killer near the head of the Huckleberry Trail in Blacksburg.

Officers apprehended the killer approximately 8 hours later, where he was hiding in a briar patch approximately 150 yards from where he shot Corporal Sutphin. The killer was charged with two counts of capital murder and other charges for both killings.

On May 9th, 2003, Corporal Sutphin was shot and wounded after being the first officer to arrive at an officer down call in which Officer Scott Hylton, of the Christiansburg Police Department, was shot and killed. The shooter had opened fire on Corporal Sutphin as he arrived at the scene. Corporal Sutphin returned fire as the shooter fled, and then pursued him, along with two other responding officers. The shooter was shot and killed by Corporal Sutphin and the other officers after firing at them.

On March 11th, 2008, the suspect was convicted of Corporal Sutphin's murder and was subsequently sentenced to death. He was executed on July 6th, 2017.

Corporal Sutphin received the Commonwealth of Virginia's Medal of Valor award for his actions in stopping the assailant.

Corporal Sutphin had served in law enforcement for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and twin daughters.


Security guard Derrick McFarland and Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy Eric Sutphin. They were both murdered by William Morva. The killer was executed on July 6, 2017.

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