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Off-duty Norfolk officer’s death ruled a homicide

October 26, 2010 | Virginia News

News Image Officer Victor E. Decker was a 2009 VACP Valor Award recipient

Police are investigating the homicide of an off-duty Norfolk police officer who was found shot outside a pickup truck in the 400 block of Oceana Blvd. this morning.

The officer has been identified as Victor "Vick" Edward Decker, 25, of Virginia Beach. He'd been a Norfolk Police officer for four years and was a Field Operations officer assigned to the First Patrol Division, according to city data and a news release from the Norfolk Police Department.

Decker was a decorated police officer who’d earned the Norfolk Police Department’s Medal of Valor and the 2009 Governor’s Medal of Valor Award, according to the release. He’d also been named both Officer of the Year and Norfolk’s Top Cop last year.

He’s survived by a wife and infant daughter, according to the release.

image The VACP & Norfolk Police Department request that Virginia law enforcement officers shroud their badges through the day of memorial services for Officer Decker — Saturday, October 30.

Police initially labeled Decker's death suspicious, but the medical examiner has declared it a homicide, according to an update this afternoon from Virginia Beach Police. The Police Department's Homicide Squad is investigating.

Another driver headed northbound on Oceana Boulevard about 7:15 a.m. noticed the vehicle – a Ford F-150 pickup truck with faded tan and red paint – on the side of the road and stopped to help, said Officer Adam Bernstein, a police spokesman. The driver found Decker and called 911.

Police responded and found Decker suffering from at least one gunshot wound, Bernstein said. He was declared dead at the scene, he said.

Detectives, with the help of police canines, spent the morning scouring the area near where Decker was found, about 100 yards from the Atlantis Gentleman's Club at 446 Oceana Blvd. near the entrance to the city’s Whitehurst Borrow Pit, which is used for dumping material dredged from waterways. They were looking for any possible evidence that may have been left behind, Bernstein said.

A group of police recruits also conducted a second sweep of the area, which includes overgrown brush and pools of water, Bernstein said. A section of northbound Oceana Boulevard was closed off for several hours while detectives and forensics specialists processed the crime scene, but it had reopened by about 4 p.m., he said.

The timeline and circumstances surrounding Decker's death are still unclear, Bernstein said. Detectives are investigating whether he had been at Atlantis prior to his death or whether there'd been any sort of altercation. They've interviewed Atlantis staff and management, he said.

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RELATED: 2009 VACP/VPCF Valor Award Recipients


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Norfolk officer found dead near Oceana (WAVY-TV 10)