On Monday, June 23, 2003 at 3:24 a.m., Officer Rodney F. Pocceschi, 33, a member of the Department's Special Operations Selective Enforcement Unit, conducted a traffic stop involving an older model Ford Explorer occupied by a male driver and a male passenger. The traffic stop for speeding was conducted on Dam Neck Road between Harpers Road and London Bridge Road.
During the traffic stop, the driver of the Ford Explorer exited his vehicle and produced a handgun. There was an exchange of gunfire between the driver and the victim Officer that resulted in both being wounded.
Officer Pocceschi was transported to the Trauma Center at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital where he died of multiple gunshot wounds at 4:05 a.m.
Officer Pocceschi, a Pennsylvania native, joined the Virginia Beach Police Department on August 2, 1999. His wife Maria and his 9-month-old son, Carson, survives him.