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VACP Recommends Shrouding of Badges for Winchester Police Officer

Office Hunter Edwards, 30, was involved in a fatal single-vehicle crash while responding to a call late on Saturday, November 24.

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police is recommending that all Virginia law enforcement officers shroud their badges in honor of Officer Hunter Edwards. Shrouding is recommended through the day of funeral services – Friday, November 30.

We express our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Officer Edwards and the whole Winchester Police Department.

The following arrangements have been set:

Visitation

Thursday, November 29
3-5 pm and 6-8 pm
Winchester Church of God
2080 N. Frederick Pike, Winchester, VA 22603

Funeral*

Friday, November 30
11 am
Winchester Church of God
*Open to law enforcement personnel, and family, friends and acquaintances of Officer Edwards ONLY.

Procession

Route for the procession will be announced soon.

Media Access

For media representatives interested in attending the funeral, see information at http://winchesterpolice.org/visitation-and-funeral-set-for-officer-edwards

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Officer killed on duty in motor vehicle crash

On November 24, 2018 at approximately 10:50 p.m., Officer Hunter Edwards, 30, was involved in a single vehicle crash on West Jubal Drive in the City of Winchester that took his life. Officer Edwards was responding to a call of a fight just a few blocks away on S. Loudoun Street. Officer Edwards is survived by many family members including his wife, Tara Edwards, and stepson.

Chief John Piper addressed Winchester Police Officers in the early morning hours of November 25th at the Winchester Medical Center where they had gathered to pay their respects for their beloved colleague. “This is going to be a very difficult time for Hunter's family and for each of us. Take care of yourselves; take care of each other.”

Officer Edwards served the Winchester Police Department for four years assigned to the Patrol Division. He was a member of the SWAT team and had also served on the Civil Disturbance Unit. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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