June 23, 2003, Officer Rodney Pocceschi, conducted a traffic stop for speeding, the vehicle was occupied by a male driver and a male passenger. During the stop, the driver exited his vehicle and produced a handgun. During an exchange of gunfire, both Officer Pocceschi and the suspect were mortally wounded. It was later determined that the suspect had robbed an IHOP just moments before the traffic stop. Officer Pocceschi joined the Virginia Beach Police Department on August 2, 1999.