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Hero Down: Henrico County Police Officer Trey Marshall Sutton Killed In On-Duty Crash

Henrico County, VA – Henrico County Police Department (HCPD) Officer Trey Marshall Sutton died in the line of duty during a three-vehicle crash on Wednesday night, according to police.

The 24-year-old officer and his partner were traveling westbound on Wilkinson Road with a man who was in their custody when a southbound Dodge pickup slammed into them at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

A third vehicle was also hit, according to police.

Officer Sutton, his partner, and the man in their custody were all transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

A fourth crash victim was transported to the hospital with minor injuries and has since been released.

Officer Sutton ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

The second officer and the male they were transporting remained hospitalized “in critical condition with potentially life-threatening injuries” on Thursday afternoon, HCPD Chief Eric English said in a press release.

The investigation into the fatal collision remains ongoing.

“This is a tragedy for everyone, and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved,” Chief English wrote. “God bless Officer Sutton for his chosen profession – law enforcement and commitment to Henrico County.”

Officer Sutton joined the HCPD in June of 2021 and graduated from the basic police academy in February.

“Sutton was a well-respected member of his recent academy class,” Chief English noted.

He was assigned to the HCPD’s Patrol Bureau and was in field training at the time of his death.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin released a statement Thursday in the wake of the young officer’s death, WRIC reported.

“The First Lady and I are heartbroken by the loss of Henrico Police Officer and Chesterfield resident Trey Marshall Sutton,” Youngkin said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Sutton, the Henrico Police Department, the entire law enforcement community, and the others injured in the crash.”

“This tragedy serves as a constant reminder that our men and women in blue put their lives on the line every day to protect their communities,” the governor added.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Henrico County Police Department Officer Trey Marshall Sutton, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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