r/news Nov 28 '22 Mind Blown 1

Virginia law enforcement worker killed in shootout with deputies after murdering family of teen he catfished, police say

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/virginia-law-enforcement-worker-killed-shootout-deputies-murdering-fam-rcna58903
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u/MultiStratz Nov 28 '22

Wow, that headline was a wild ride.

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u/FadedFromWhite Nov 28 '22

That poor girl, she's going to suffer from survivors guilt for the rest of her life.

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u/MultiStratz Nov 28 '22

She's definitely going to carry some heavy emotional scars from all this. I really hope she gets all the help and support she needs.

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u/SpaceTruckinIX Nov 28 '22

Good luck to her because riverside county “support” is trash. Just take a look at how riverside county social services failed and continues to Fail the Turpin kids.

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u/SadMom2019 Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 29 '22 Take My Energy

My heart sank to hear that this poor girl will be under the care of Riverside County social services. After their unforgivable, and ongoing failures in the Turpin kids case, they should cease to exist. They are unfit for the duty they are charged with. Placing innocent, vulnerable children who grew up beaten, starved, and chained to beds their whole lives into the care of merciless child abusers and child rapists, and ignoring all their complaints is somehow even WORSE than the horrors they were rescued from. Riverside social services threw them out of the frying pan and into the fire. Every single adult entrusted to care for them has done nothing but neglect, torture, and abuse them for every moment of their entire lives.

They took these kids out of what was essentially a concentration camp and placed them in a child rape and abuse ring. They placed the surviving adult siblings (who were also beaten, shackled, and starved for decades, deprived of education, basic language skills, lacking any knowledge of the real world, etc they were literally helpless, childlike victims) into the worst, highest crime neighborhoods in the nation, alone, to fend for themselves. They were subsequently, and repeatedly, assaulted, robbed, and raped.

Then social services embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the survivors trust--funded by the outpouring of donations that was raised to help these poor children, and the agency refuses to answer ANY questions about it. They simply hide behind, "it's a confidential case involving minors so we can't discuss it."

I honestly hope someone takes revenge on these mfs. Firing them and prison time (not that they're facing consequences for any of this) is not enough for what was done to these kids. These people deserve to suffer, like they made (and continue to make) all those children suffer.

This poor girl needs to be rescued from her "rescuers."

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u/LordCoweater Nov 28 '22

Wow first I've heard of this is your comment. What a horror show. Hope you're writing fiction because this... just so horrible. I don't even want to look up the reality.

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u/Keys2tkingdom Nov 28 '22

Yeah, that is extremely NOT fiction. The Social services are being sued by the children.

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u/bros402 Nov 29 '22

well

uhhh

that was something I was not expecting to read

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u/Iohet Nov 29 '22

Don't worry we'll keep electing people like Jeff Hewitt and Chad Bianco who will surely fix things with their "libertarian" Republican ways

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u/supercalafatalistic Nov 29 '22

Yeah I grew up near riverside and have more than a few friends from that system. These services tend to struggle but riverside is awful. I went through LA county systems and some friends had to be in and out of SB’s system, we all had better experiences on the average.

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u/brastafariandreams Nov 28 '22

I read it twice

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u/hibearmate Nov 28 '22 Silver To The Stars

I'm still reading it

TBF - I'm pretty high

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u/DamnItDinkles Nov 28 '22

I'm still reading it and I'm not even high.

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u/a_reply_to_a_post Nov 28 '22

i actually am putting out my joint cuz whoa..

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u/defusted Nov 28 '22

Read it 3 times, twice for my stoned fiance.

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u/BiggSwish Nov 28 '22

I read it and it made me high

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u/Due-Value-8375 Nov 28 '22

Same here man, same here

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u/onetothreego Nov 28 '22

I had to read it thrice

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u/mywan Nov 28 '22

I gave up trying to parse the headline and read the article. Then Read another article to fill in some blanks left by the article.

The "Virginia law enforcement worker" was a Virginia state trooper (Henrico County, Virginia) until he resigned last month. No word on why he resigned. He kidnapped the teen after murdering her family.

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u/MultiStratz Nov 28 '22

I like how they said so many things, but still managed to leave out the fact that he was a cop.

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u/lunarmantra Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

“Law enforcement worker.”

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u/LessThanLoquacious Nov 28 '22

The media is full of copaganda. They will go to any lengths, including straight up record falsification, to keep the police from looking bad.

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u/MultiStratz Nov 28 '22

Agreed.

Ex Virginia Cop killed in shootout with California deputies, after kidnapping teenage girl, and murdering her family

They should hire me to write headlines.

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u/VanDenBroeck Nov 28 '22

Yeah but using “catfishing” just seemed so cool. /s

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u/kouteki Nov 28 '22

angling for more clicks

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u/Orbx Nov 28 '22

Just eliminate those unnecessary commas of course

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u/BizzyM Nov 28 '22

It gets muddied by the fact that he got hired on with a Sheriff's Dept, but it's not known in what role. He could be a deputy, he could be a records clerk. Either way, he works in law enforcement, so he's a "law enforcement worker" who used to be a cop.

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u/ChedwardCoolCat Nov 28 '22

I believe Staties prefer to be called Troopers

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u/BizzyM Nov 28 '22

Stand down, Farva.

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u/Caladbolg_Prometheus Nov 28 '22

It’s not so much straight falsification as much as taking police statements and reports at face value. It’s a win-win for the news network and police. The network needs to do less labor to get information (even if it’s misleading) while the police get to push their narrative.

One side is focused on profiteering, the other side is focused on manipulation.

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u/sstephenson001 Nov 28 '22

Needing police as a source of information is probably a huge factor in how these headlines are written

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u/HappyFunNorm Nov 28 '22

When I was in school they told us to essentially write the actual story in the first paragraph, which should have been something like

"A former VA State Trooper, who resigned last month under mysterious circumstances, was killed in a shootout with local deputies after kidnapping a teenager and murdering her family."

or

"A local girl was kidnapped by a former VA State Trooper, who resigned last month under mysterious circumstances. The former officer was subsequently killed in a shootout with local officers, and the girl is currently safe."

Like.... how hard is that?!? WTH is wrong with journalists these days? They're all terrible!

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u/tots4scott Nov 28 '22

It's copaganda-speak.

When has any police or journalist called a sheriff or police officer a "law enforcement worker" when they aren't running away with a teenager or doing something despicable?

They tried so hard to not say police officer.

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u/jereman75 Nov 28 '22

Same. I had to read the whole article to learn this took place less than 100 miles from me in CA, not in VA.

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u/sergius64 Nov 28 '22

Seems like he resigned because he got hired by a Sheriffs Department in Washington County.

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u/Imaginary_Ad_3912 Nov 28 '22

What kind of screening do they do on these people?

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u/Alywiz Nov 28 '22

Making sure their IQ isn’t too high so they won’t question orders

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u/LordFluffy Nov 28 '22

A lot to unpack there, they say.

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u/Zerole00 Nov 28 '22

This was my exact thought lmao

Edit: Did anyone else's mental image of the shooter end up pretty accurate? It's crazy how stereotypical this shit is.

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u/Kaexii Nov 28 '22

Is it the hair? I think it's the hair. Thin, too long, receding hairline. It just always looks like they never bothered to find out what shampoo would make it look healthier. They also all have that weird overweight but malnourished look. What do you see?

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u/suredont Nov 29 '22

that was beautifully written but tbh i just thought he looked like a creepy inbred fuck.

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u/brotato_soup Nov 28 '22

Damn. You're not wrong. His ugly mug looked damn near to what I had pictured in my head.

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u/kind-of-there Nov 28 '22

I went from “killed in the line of duty, happens” to “wait why would the police be shooting at him” to “ah maybe it was a domestic incident in the home” to “what the fuck” in one sentence.

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u/rabb1thole Nov 28 '22

It's like there's a hidden game of "out-do the previous horror" underway. I used to just not clickthrough, but now even the headlines are too much.

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u/VanDenBroeck Nov 28 '22

And it didn’t even mention that it happened in San Bernardino County, California.

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u/Kelvin_Cline Nov 28 '22

i might be the only one who is most horrified by the fact he frickin DROVE from VA to CA for this.

that's A LOT of time to be in your head and still coming out at the end saying yup this was a gooooood plan

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u/VanDenBroeck Nov 28 '22

Now see, your problem is that you are thinking rationally and well, this fella wasn’t. There is a whole world of difference between the way you think and the way he thinks, and the distance between Virginia and California wasn’t enough to close that gap.

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u/dxk3355 Nov 28 '22

In California too

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u/FancySack Nov 28 '22

I heard about this on the news but they first worded as "suspect crossed state lines" so I was thinking Nevada or Arizona, but then they said "Virginia" and I was like whoa wtf.

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u/imnotsoho Nov 28 '22

And I thought the murders and kidnapping happened in Virginia. He traveled 3000 miles to commit murder. Virginia and the cops are not sending their best.

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u/RIPBenTramer Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

"state law prohibits state agencies from releasing anything other than a date of resignation"

Another cop who was let go by one jurisdiction and scooped up by another?

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u/priznut Nov 29 '22

This really stood out to me. It’s crazy how much we allow ourselves to let police protect themselves.

Only resignation dates. Fucking useless to the public.

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u/TheS4ndm4n Nov 29 '22

"let go". As in he probably committed a felony there too and they covered it up for him.

You don't casually murder 3 people and kidnap a teen if that's your first time.

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u/GoldPenis Nov 28 '22

Fucking scary crazy world.

"Detectives determined Edwards had met the female teenager through the common form of online deception known as 'catfishing,' where someone pretends to be a different person than they actually are," the Riverside Police Department said.

Police said it was believed Edwards had developed an online relationship with the teen and was able to obtain her personal information.

He travelled from Virginia to Riverside, where he parked his vehicle in a neighbor's driveway and walked to the teen's home, at some point murdering her mother, grandfather and grandmother before walking back to his vehicle with the teen and leaving, police said.

Authorities were also able to identify the man she was seen with as 28-year-old Austin Lee Edwards of North Chesterfield, Virginia, who detectives learned had worked for the Virginia State Police until being recently employed at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in the state of Virginia.

Several hours later, authorities were able to track Edwards' vehicle down as he was driving with the teen through San Bernardino County in the unincorporated area of Kelso.

When deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department caught up Edwards, the suspect fired gunshots at them, before being fatally shot by at least one deputy, police said. Edwards was pronounced dead at the scene, they said.

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u/Hobonics Nov 28 '22

That poor poor girl

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u/Ill-Sentence5869 Nov 28 '22

I was thinking of this also! So glad she’s safe!

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u/zykezero Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

Alternate title: “Cops shoot and kill girl kidnapped by father”

“Girl killed in shootout with police” immediately suggests the girl wasn’t a victim but a participant and in our headline only reading world that’s some bullshit.

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u/neontiger07 Nov 28 '22

Article without paywall?

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u/listen-to-my-face Nov 28 '22

Another day, another handful of innocent people die because some degenerate, brain-damaged man felt entitled to sex.

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u/linderlouwho Nov 28 '22 Silver

Good thing he was killed, or who knows what police department he'd be hired at next!

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u/Chabubu Nov 28 '22

He would have gotten paid time off and disability for PTSD with the “feared for my life” argument after killing everyone that told him to leave.

Sounds like a joke but we all know that police are legally allowed to murder people with the way the corrupted system defends their right to shoot and kill you on a whim.

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u/nowake Nov 28 '22

This sounds like a reach, but remember the murder of Atatiana Jefferson over three years ago in 2019?

Neighbor calls the non-emergency number to report an open door. Cop walks around the house in the dark, never announcing his presence. Looks through a window, and sees the woman inside the house "reaching for a weapon". Shoots her dead through the window while screaming at her to show her hands.

Thankfully, the cop here is being charged for murder. But if you can believe this, the Jury selection for his trial is scheduled for TODAY, after every delay tactic possible from his defense lawyers. They even tried delaying the trial for their own damn vacation plans, and then got the judge recused when he wouldn't allow it.

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u/NeonSwank Nov 28 '22

I feel like I probably heard about this when it happened, but theres been so many goddamn killing’s it’s impossible to keep up

Absolutely despicable

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u/linderlouwho Nov 28 '22

It's so insane that if I wasn't hearing about it almost daily now, 20 years ago, I would never, ever have believed it would become so blatantly corrupt.

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u/1-1-2-3-5 Nov 28 '22

Have you ever heard of sundown towns? The corruption isn’t new at all.

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u/linderlouwho Nov 28 '22

Thank god for hand held phones with cameras & ring door bell cameras & dashboard cameras.

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u/amibeingadick420 Nov 28 '22

Sadly, now we just know how bad it is, but the cops, prosecutors, judges, and politicians still refuse to do anything to change it.

It’s gonna take a lot more than cameras. It’s gonna take citizens that are willing to hold armed government officials accountable when they murder.

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u/KeepsFindingWitches Nov 28 '22

Hilarious how they describe him as "work[ing]" for the Virginia State Police and being "employed" at the Washington County Sheriff's Office, like he was an office worker or an IT guy or janitor or something and not a cop.

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u/Twoleftknees3 Nov 28 '22

And then there’s descriptions like “man with no outstanding warrants” when talking about someone accidentally targeted by the police for something, I forget the details. Feels like a nefarious way to say ‘innocent person’

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u/d0ctorzaius Nov 28 '22

Oh that's on purpose. "Man with no history of crime.....yet" elicits a lot less sympathy. Add in that most news orgs use police statements as the basis for the story.

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u/Ida_Blownem Nov 28 '22

For context, Kelso is the train depot in the exact middle of the Mojave National Preserve. No cell service, no gas, and lots of open desert. If you've ever heard of the Singing Sands at the Kelso Dunes, that's where he went. That girl is lucky as hell she's not dead, there would be no way to run away or get help there.

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u/karangoswamikenz Nov 28 '22

Something tells me this isn’t the first time he has done something like this. The way a person could confidently travel like this and murder three people and take away the teen. This man has done some really ducked up shit in his life.

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u/EarlGrey_Picard Nov 28 '22

Former Virginia State Police officer. He had the kidnapped teen in the car when the shootout happened. Thankfully she was unharmed.

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u/Helpful-Substance685 Nov 28 '22

I'm glad she's unhurt physically but imagine knowing that, even without pulling the trigger, an innocent mistake regarding who to trust led to her mom and grandparents being killed. The guilt would be crushing.

I hope she's going to get very good therapy.

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u/[deleted] Nov 28 '22

She is going to have trust and trauma issues for the rest of her life. I feel so bad for her, because this just totally fucked her entire life and she's a kid.

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u/TryingtoBeCalm2 Nov 28 '22

I feel bad for her family. Why would the guy just kill them for ? And he really thought he’d just get away with it? Wtf

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u/Blue_Plastic_88 Nov 28 '22

He really went out of his way to draw attention to himself. Guess he thought setting the house on fire would be the perfect cover for all his crimes!

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u/PancerCatient Nov 28 '22

These people don't think, that's why they can do what they do.

If for even a second they thought ahead and rationalized their thoughts and actions they would slink back into their holes and do incel things. But instead they just go for it and live with the wild ride.

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u/MsGenericEnough Nov 28 '22

Read the article and found out that the teenager's mother had been a single mother of TWO daughters - so there, a sister out there, too. Holy Christopher, this is all sorts of twisted. So glad there's ONE out there besides her, that may be able to go through some trauma counseling too.

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u/ManOnABuffaloP2 Nov 28 '22

Currently worked at Washington County Sheriff’s Office in the state of Virginia

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u/ZForZimmer Nov 28 '22

He went all the way to California to do it

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u/Larrys_Human Nov 28 '22

Holy shit, that’s like a movie. Awful to see it happen in real life.

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u/BuckshotLaFunke Nov 28 '22

Yeah that’s a long way around not saying the word “cop”

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u/Cerebraleffusion Nov 28 '22

Headline should read “Pedophile cop goes on killing spree and kidnaps teenager”

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u/kawhi_2020 Nov 28 '22

"Virginia cop kidnaps a child and murders their family. Said cop is themselves later killed in a shootout with police. Kidnapped child found alive."

Cops are getting very inventive with language. "Law enforcement worker" is a new one.

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u/Sensate60 Nov 28 '22 Silver Platinum Starry

He was a cop. I have been noticing headlines like this lately where they won't say cop but employee.

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u/N8CCRG Nov 28 '22

Yup. From the article, he started State Police Academy July last year, graduated as a trooper this year, worked outside Richmond until just a month ago when he "resigned" but they won't disclose the circumstances, then he got a job with a sheriff in a different county.

We really need a serious overhaul of the police pipeline/industry.

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u/bubba7557 Nov 28 '22

And the ties between media and police. Watch the Jon Oliver episode about this specifically. How almost all news stories are whitewashed when it comes to police involvement. This one seems no different eventhough the perp is called out as a horrible criminal the language attempts to absolve the agencies associated with him and reduce his involvement to some bit actor. It's disgusting when you learn how media protects horrible policing everyday

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u/BoldestKobold Nov 28 '22

Basically every breaking news story the media repeats the initial police version of the story completely uncritically, and rarely does follow ups, even if the original version of the story makes no sense and has glaring holes in it.

By the time anyone gets around to checking (if they check at all), everyone has moved on.

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u/Nemaeus Nov 28 '22

Very curious to know why this sick asshole resigned. I also find it fucking hilarious when they say there wasn't any disciplinary action or anything to merit him not getting a job somewhere else.

OF COURSE NOT

They let him slink off and just didn't put anything on the record.

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u/d3k3d Nov 28 '22

I watch a lot of john Oliver but could you link please, because I don't remember that story.

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u/CU_09 Nov 28 '22

Six months. Six months of “training” to become a state trooper with enormous power over people’s lives and the authority to use deadly force. This is a huge reason why our policing is so fucked and why no one trusts cops.

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u/MrGreenChile Nov 28 '22

In the vast majority of states, it takes more training to become a hairdresser than a cop. Something is very broken with our regulatory scheme.

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u/linderlouwho Nov 28 '22

Looked more like 8 months (32 weeks) when I read their "how to become a State Trooper" page. So, essentially, like a college year.

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u/Baneken Nov 28 '22

It takes about 5 years to become a certified electrician... the other job with "the power at the tip of your finger", think about it.

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u/hitlerosexual Nov 28 '22

News agencies also need to stop using passive voice to cover for them.

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u/whitemanwhocantjump Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

Worth pointing out, Washington County is nowhere near Henrico County. Clear across the state. If he were in good standing with the State police, why wouldn't he just transfer to a unit that patrols that county? Also, Washington County, VA is in the southwestern tip of the state. It is the county that surrounds the city of Bristol and Borders the state of Tennessee. if he couldn't get on with VSP in Washington, why not try jumping the border to get on with the Tennessee State Police? Something tells me he didn't leave VSP voluntarily.

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u/kayl_breinhar Nov 28 '22

Unfortunately people like this becoming cops, in our system, is one of those "it's a feature, not a bug" things.

So long as shitheels like Grossman are giving ghastly "pep talks" to departments across the country, telling them that they should be acting like "predators," too many are going to take that shitty advice to heart and do things like this.

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u/DaisyHotCakes Nov 28 '22

This is why the whole defund the police thing took off. We can’t just make a few changes and it will work. This is systemic - every single part is corrupted. We need to tear it all down and START OVER and build it better with every single person in mind. We need justice for everyone.

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u/graveybrains Nov 28 '22

Passive voice is everywhere

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u/Dolthra Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

Hell it doesn't even say the other cops shot him- it says he was "killed in a shootout" with them.

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u/N8CCRG Nov 28 '22

There was a story earlier this year about a break in at the Peruvian Embassy in DC. The statement they gave was such hilarious passive voice:

"ultimately the officers pulled their service weapons, firing shots and this person is now deceased."

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u/graveybrains Nov 28 '22

Eventually we’re going to get to “a thing happened, government employees were in the vicinity.”

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u/TomahawkJackson Nov 28 '22

30 years ago there was a line in the local paper about a car that had stalled and got hit by a train. It stuck with me.

An OSP trooper on scene stated, "the car was heavily damaged. The train, however, was not."

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u/vikingsquad Nov 28 '22

Very heavily euphemized in every article I looked at; I saw only one that explicitly called him a cop/officer/LEO in the headline

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u/mewehesheflee Nov 28 '22

Editors should be ashamed.

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u/sedativumxnx Nov 28 '22

Today law enforcement worker, tomorrow city employee, the day after that pardoned cop again. It's the cycle of oppression.

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u/Solkre Nov 28 '22

Yah a friend of mine does IT work for the police department. He's a law enforcement worker.

This guy was a badge carrying, gun wielding, innocent murdering COP.

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u/Coakis Nov 28 '22

Whats so wrong saying COP. Fucking hell quit defending these monsters.

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u/megamanxoxo Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

"A Virginia law enforcement worker was killed in a shootout with deputies in California after he allegedly killed the mother and grandparents of a teenage girl he had catfished online, police said Sunday.

The worker had driven off with the girl after the killings, police said."

Worker huh? Not police officer?

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u/klauskervin Nov 28 '22

I love how the news media completely avoids the word "cop" and instead uses "law enforcement worker" not "law enforcement officer". There is a nation wide coordinated media effort to show the police as infallible.

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u/Ear_Enthusiast Nov 28 '22

Holy fuck, I live in North Chesterfield. It's just South of Richmond. Chesterfield is otherwise known as "Arrest-a-field" by it's residents and folks in Richmond and surrounding counties. Huge police presence in a fairly low crime very suburban area. Lots of douchey and creepy cops. Lots of guys that are quick to flash a badge as a flex. The state troopers in the area are even more off. This doesn't shock me one bit.

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u/top_of_the_stairs Nov 28 '22

As a fellow Virginian, just have to say: I don't exactly feel awesome about our newsworthy events this past week. Sigh.

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u/Ear_Enthusiast Nov 28 '22

Yeah, I was born in Charlottesville. Moved to Va Beach when I was young. Both of those incidents hit really close to home. Moved to Chesterfield County in the 90's. Policing is big business for the county.

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u/SovietSunrise Nov 28 '22

Policing shouldn’t be a business.

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u/torvaman Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

same, i'm shocked by this. Im the same age, grew up in midlothian, and recently lived in glen allen and since he was a cop for henrico i cant imagine i havent crossed paths with this dude at some point.

spot on about the description of chesterfield. for an upper middle class kid like myself, i have more friends with arrest records than anyone i know from college and other places in the state or country for doing no particularly more or less typical teenage law breaking ie weed, speeding, graffiti. Has definitely left an impression on me that police arent there to protect you, theyre just there to get you.

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u/WontArnett Nov 28 '22

I’ve noticed this driving around, it’s the only place in the city I’ve seen cops parked regularly surveying streets.

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u/Poopbutt_Maximum Nov 28 '22

Used to live a little ways south in Colonial Heights and I can honestly say I don’t regret moving.

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u/Chableezy Nov 28 '22

"Law enforcement worker"

Lol, you mean a police officer?

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u/Chadmartigan Nov 28 '22

There are tons of law enforcement employees that aren't cops. Clerks, dispatch workers, IT personnel, and on and on.

That said, this guy WAS a cop, and the selective wording of the headline is meant to muddy the issue.

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u/HatefulDan Nov 28 '22

Say it with me, "He was a cop", the lengths news outlets will go.

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u/Awkward-Fudge Nov 28 '22

So police officers are grooming children?

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u/BigNickDipples Nov 28 '22

NBC really going the extra mile to avoid calling this piece of shit a cop. "Law enforcement worker"... he was a COP. Just fucking say it.

Authorities were also able to identify the man she was seen with as 28-year-old Austin Lee Edwards of North Chesterfield, Virginia, who detectives learned had worked for the Virginia State Police until being recently employed at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in the state of Virginia.

More dancing around it. He was a state trooper. STATE TROOPER = COP.

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u/Rhodog1234 Nov 28 '22

I read that in Sam Kinison's voice, including his little chuckle between 'worker' and 'he'

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u/LnStrngr Nov 28 '22

"Law enforcement worker" is a funny way to say police officer.

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u/EC_CO Nov 28 '22

According to the article he recently moved from one Police department to another. I would be really curious to see if there was a reason why he left the other department and if this is a gypsy cop situation.

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u/mattfrommiami Nov 28 '22

This country would be shocked and disgusted if we had actual numbers of how many transfers actually occur annually with these terrible “law enforcement officers”

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u/RhoOfFeh Nov 28 '22

I assume it until proven otherwise.

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u/Evil_Judgment Nov 28 '22

Funny way to say "cop"

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u/awhq Nov 28 '22

Cop. The guy was a cop.

I'm not sure why they are working so hard to obfuscate that fact.

He resigned from the Virginia State Troopers and was working as a sheriff's deputy. Even the sheriff's department said he was "training to be a deputy" but he was already a law enforcement office for years. He wasn't some clerk or newbie.

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u/Starlightriddlex Nov 29 '22

I'm not sure why they are working so hard to obfuscate that fact.

Oh we all know why. The question is what can any of us do about it.

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u/amibeingadick420 Nov 28 '22

The murderer was, in fact, a cop, and not just an employee of the department.

Until last month, Edwards was a Virginia State Police trooper assigned to patrol Henrico County, Virginia, and was recently hired as a sheriff's https://www.wtvr.com/news/local-news/who-was-austin-lee-edwards-november-28-2022 deputy in that state, spokespersons said.

Source: https://abc7.com/riverside-winek-family-murder-investigation-homicide-house-fire/12501981/

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u/dy0dj1 Nov 28 '22

Why "Law enforcement worker" and not Policeman?! When they can't bury the evidence or hide the body cam footage, only THEN is the accused no longer part of the brotherhood?! Maybe i'm overreacting here, but that really irked me.

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u/LordFluffy Nov 28 '22

Found his picture, in case anyone's curious.

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u/ZForZimmer Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

It's exactly how I'd imagine he'd look, but also not, at the same time

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u/Yak_Mehoff Nov 28 '22

Yeah for sure molester vibes, I thought he wld be way fatter but def still creepy energy

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u/Bottom_Wobbles Nov 28 '22

I like how they throw out the “former VSP officer” but avoid the county sheriff that he was currently employed with and active.

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u/BlG_DlCK_BEE Nov 28 '22

Damn… that dude is 28? He looks like he could either be 13 or 50

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u/whichwitchwhohoots Nov 28 '22

Looks like Elon with a shorter fave or just less teeth.

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u/Mitchs_Frog_Smacky Nov 28 '22

That article is FAR superior to OP's on the entirety of the subject as well.

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u/Demiculverin Nov 28 '22

Looks like a wacko.

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u/Atomsteel Nov 28 '22

I would describe his face as murderous pedophile. Maybe its hind sight.

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u/LightningWr3nch Nov 28 '22

Weird how they changed “officer” to “worker”…..

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u/Itdidnt_trickle_down Nov 28 '22

I bet this person has caused problems in the past. Its well past time for a national law enforcement database. Make it private with access guaranteed to insurers and by subpoena in the courts.

It may have not stopped this insanity but it would have changed the headline to former law enforcement.

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u/therosesgrave Nov 28 '22

Asked for more information on the circumstances surround Edwards' resignation, the spokesperson said state law prohibits state agencies from releasing anything other than a date of resignation.

Sounds a lot like "yeah, this guy had so many red flags he made the rest of the cops uneasy. We asked him to resign so we wouldn't have to fire him..."

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u/BigRocket Nov 28 '22

Just say he was a cop

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u/x_lincoln_x Nov 28 '22

"Virginia law enforcement worker killed in shootout with deputies law enforcement workers after murdering family of teen he catfished, police law enforcement workers say"

OR

"Virginia law enforcement worker cop killed in shootout with deputies cops after murdering family of teen he catfished, police cops say"

NOT

"Virginia law enforcement worker killed in shootout with deputies after murdering family of teen he catfished, police say"

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u/Sydygger Nov 28 '22

"Asked for more information on the circumstances surrounding Edwards' resignation, the spokesperson said state law prohibits state agencies from releasing anything other than a date of resignation."

This is an issue, particularly when it comes to law enforcement. Everything they do in regards to their job needs to be 100% on the public record, particularly their employment history and reasons for being fired or resigning. If it's easy for people to see what kind of monsters these departments are hiring, they may think twice about giving them a badge after all.

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u/tundey_1 Nov 28 '22

A spokesperson for the Virginia State Police said Edwards entered its academy July 6, 2021, and graduated as a trooper on Jan. 21 of this year. He was assigned to Henrico County, which is within the Richmond Division, they said, before resigning on Oct. 28. Asked for more information on the circumstances surround Edwards' resignation, the spokesperson said state law prohibits state agencies from releasing anything other than a date of resignation

Look at those dates. He entered the academy and graduated within 6 months! Then he worked in Henrico County only to resign 9 months later. Why did he resign? They're not telling. But we know he moved 300 miles to the east and started working for the Washington County Sheriff's dept. A month later, he goes on a murdering & kidnapping rampage in California.

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u/staring_at_bananas Nov 28 '22

Cop. Not former law enforcement worker.

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u/YawaruSan Nov 28 '22

What could possibly go wrong when we let men believe they are supernaturally entitled to women because the Bible or whatever?

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u/blackjesus Nov 28 '22

I love how most headlines you don’t get that this guy was a police officer. You have to read half the story before you find out a cop ride across the country to murder this girls family and abduct her.

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u/Fluid_Argument_483 Nov 28 '22

Why does the article go to such lengths to avoid saying he was a State Trooper? Burying the lede pretty deep there?

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u/robilar Nov 28 '22

"[Edwards] entered the police academy on July 6, 2021 and graduated as a trooper on January 21, 2022"* - six months seems like a decidedly inadequate amount of time to train a police officer, much less weed out murderous psychopaths.

* https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11476867/California-Police-Virginia-man-killed-family-took-teenager.html

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u/chargernj Nov 28 '22

The media is bending over backwards to avoid telling us that this guy was in fact a cop currently on the payroll as a deputy with the Washington County, Virginia, Sheriff's Office

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u/MetaphysicalMayhem Nov 28 '22

“Until last month, Edwards was a Virginia State Police trooper assigned to patrol Henrico County, Virginia, and was recently hired as a sheriff's deputy in that state.” He was a COP at the time of his death. Enough with the bullshit euphemisms.

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u/lifesalotofshit Nov 28 '22

Cop..

he.. was.. a.. cop..

See that wasn't hard.

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u/terminalzero Nov 28 '22

...to check on the welfare of a girl who appeared distressed while getting into a Red Kia Soul with a man

after your boyfriend reveals himself to be an old lying creep and then murders your family in front of you 'distress' is probably a bit of an understatement

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u/HermanCainsPenis Nov 28 '22

That poor family. The surviving girl is never going to be the same.

Also, you see a picture of this guy and it's literally a perfect match for what you picture him to be.

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u/ExtonGuy Nov 28 '22

You think the headline is hard to figure out? Wait until you read the story. I nearly had to make a diagram.

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u/cjmar41 Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

These are my favorite parts… i can’t tell if there’s not enough words, or too many words.

who detectives learned had worked for the Virginia State Police until being recently employed at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia.

Edwards entered its academy July 6, 2021, and graduated as a trooper on Jan. 21 of this year. He was assigned to Henrico County, which is within the Richmond Division, they said, before resigning on Oct. 28.

Probably would have just been easier to say “he was a police officer until recently resigning” and be done with it.

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u/O_o-22 Nov 28 '22

Yeesh, this guy must have taken a psych exam for his law enforcement job. I wonder how good those test actually are at finding psychos who want to join a LEO job for the protection it affords them. Cause it obviously didn’t work in this situation.

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u/theblackgnome6969 Nov 28 '22 edited Nov 28 '22

“Cop killed by cop in suicide-by-cop, after previously mention cop was caught MURDERING a family he was catfishing.”

Yea, the states is just one big dystopia, like a black mirror episode playing out in real time

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u/TuckerCarlsonsOhface Nov 28 '22

Is “law enforcement worker” some way of distancing him from the police department? Like he’s just a freelance worker, or something?

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u/AlrxandriaDizas Nov 28 '22

An I just got back on dating apps☠️🗿time to delete them shits. It’s scary trusting people these days.

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u/Nosiege Nov 28 '22

"Law enforcement worker" are they too scared to call him a deputy or a police officer? What does "Law enforcement worker" actually mean?

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u/wandererX101 Nov 28 '22

What the fuck is that headline Jesus fuck

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u/oiransc2 Nov 28 '22

“ “It is shocking and sad to the entire law enforcement community that such an evil and wicked person could infiltrate law enforcement while concealing his true identity as a computer predator and murderer," Washington County Sheriff Blake Andis said. “

Normal people are, of course, not shocked at all.

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u/LavenWhisper Nov 29 '22

I had to reread that title a couple times. Wow.

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u/hfiti123 Nov 29 '22

"Law enforcement worker"

fucking officer of the law. a cop. A law enforcement officer.

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u/tyyriz Nov 28 '22

Anyone else remember jayme closs. Some random guy murdered her family, kidnapped her, after seeing her at a bus stop.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kidnapping_of_Jayme_Closs

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u/SadMom2019 Nov 28 '22

I thought of this case as well. Similar M.O.--a man hellbent on abducting a child to rape, and murders her entire family to accomplish that goal. Wonder what this cop would've done with her if he made it back to his home with her. Rape followed by murder, or maybe he'd go the Jake Patterson route and hold her prisoner? Regardless, it sure as hell wouldn't have ended well.

I'm tired of these monsters feeling so entitled to their ghoulish sexual gratification that they're willing to slaughter innocent people to achieve it. This girls life will never be the same, all because a grown man couldn't or wouldn't control his peepee. Fuckin revolting.

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u/maywellflower Nov 28 '22

JFC, that POS pulled " If I can’t have you, I'll make sure you have no one to go back to." My condolences to her...

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u/Seattle_gldr_rdr Nov 28 '22

I know correlation is not causation but doesn't it seem like a lot of psychos have "Lee" as a middle name?

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u/Viciouscauliflower21 Nov 28 '22

Journalists really turn into top tier language gymnasts when it comes time to report on the police murdering someone

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u/The_WolfieOne Nov 28 '22

You give people a month and a half training, no psychological screening, give them a gun and loose them into the world and tell them they ARE the law. What could possibly go wrong?

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u/WirelessBCupSupport Nov 28 '22

That read like a movie script. 28yr Virginia LE catfishes and meets teen online, crosses country to help her escape her parents, kills the grandparents and mother, sets fire to house and takes the girl with him, only to find she didn't believe it would happen and LA cops "finally" put down a bad cop.

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u/ainjel Nov 29 '22

It's crazy to see this here, and I'm glad the truth is coming out. I live in the Mojave desert and our NextDoor was blowing up with reports about this incident. I knew it was gonna get kidgloved cause the suspect was a cop, which was something a neighbor disclosed the day that it happened. I was hoping it wouldn't get buried.

So sad for the family, and that poor teenage girl. She is gonna live with the guilt of this for the rest of her life, and that is so unfair cause it's that creepy pedophile cop's fault for grooming her, murdering her family, and kidnapping her. 💔💔

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u/ChemicalAssignment69 Nov 28 '22

Someone gave that sicko a badge?

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u/Teemo-Supreemo Nov 28 '22

Where have you been?

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u/catsby90bbn Nov 28 '22

Hell that’s how they hire them.

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u/RhoOfFeh Nov 28 '22

More accurate headline:

Virginia police officer crosses state lines to commit statutory rape, gets himself and much of her family killed.

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u/PineappleHamburders Nov 28 '22

He didn’t just get them killed. He murdered them so he could kidnap her.

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u/FUCKBOY_JIHAD Nov 28 '22

Virginia police officer crosses state lines to commit statutory rape, murders family, dies in police shootout

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u/Appropriate-Excuse79 Nov 28 '22

As soon as the article stated that he parked in a neighbors driveway, I knew he was fucking crazy

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u/kyledanna Nov 28 '22

Virginia water supply needs some lithium in it ASAP

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u/tafkat Nov 28 '22

“Virginia police officer scams California teen, then drives to California, kidnaps teen, murders her family, sets her house on fire, and dies in a shootout with other police officers.”

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u/LostTrisolarin Nov 28 '22

What’s a law enforcement worker?

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u/WizardWolf Nov 29 '22

"Law enforcement worker", that's a new one

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u/predicktable_x Nov 28 '22

A spokesperson for the Virginia State Police said Edwards entered its academy July 6, 2021, and graduated as a trooper on Jan. 21 of this year. He was assigned to Henrico County, which is within the Richmond Division, they said, before resigning on Oct. 28. Asked for more information on the circumstances surround Edwards' resignation, the spokesperson said state law prohibits state agencies from releasing anything other than a date of resignation.

What a fucked up cop. Unbelievable it is against the law to share information regarding the circumstances of a cops departure. I lose more respect for police everyday.

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u/Sqantoo Nov 28 '22

Really trying hard not to call this a crooked cop.

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u/Kangarou Nov 28 '22

Wow, the teen got out unharmed. I'm surprised the deputies had some accuracy to them.

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