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Law Enforcement Today | July 23, 2016

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In Memoriam Deputy Michael J. Walizer

Patrick Sharkey

The Charles City County Sheriff’s Office sadly reports that Deputy Michael Walizer was killed in a single vehicle crash approximately 2:00am Saturday morning.

Deputy Walizer, age 36, was responding to assist another deputy on a traffic stop and pursuit of a speeding vehicle. Deputy Walizer’s patrol vehicle crashed on John Tyler Highway (Route 5), only a quarter of a mile away from the Sheriff’s Office.

Tire marks show the patrol vehicle left the roadway to the right, then abruptly crossed the road striking a tree according to Sgt. Thomas J. Molinar, of the Virginia State Police. Deputy Walizer was wearing his seat belt, but sustained severe injuries and died at the scene of the crash.

Deputy Walizer served with the Charles City County Sheriff’s Office for 6 years. He also served with the Newport News / Williamsburg International Airport Police and the Caroline County Sheriff’s Department. His total law enforcement career spanned 11 years.

Sheriff Javier J. Smith, who was visibly shaken during a press conference, stated, “Our condolences go out to Michael’s family and friends. He will be missed by all who knew him.” Sheriff Smith continued, “Michael’s death is a great loss to the department as well as the Charles City community.”

The Charles City Sheriff’s Office consists of only 9 officers, all of whom are on bereavement leave. All calls for police services are graciously being covered under mutual aid by the Virginia State Police and New Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

The traffic crash remains under investigation by the Virginia State Police along with the Charles City County and New Kent County Sheriff’s Departments. It still is not known why Deputy Walizer lost control of his vehicle.

In the small community of Charles City, mourners have placed stuffed animals, balloons, and flowers at the crash scene. Glass is still imbedded in the tree which the patrol vehicle struck.

Deputy Walizer leaves behind a wife and four children who mourn his passing.

End of Watch: March 31, 2012.  Deputy Sheriff Michael Walizer, gone but never forgotten.

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  1. My deepest thoughts and condolences go out to Deputy Michael Walizer’s family, friends, and his department. I ask God to bring peace to o all whknew and loved this hero, and to Michael’s wife and children during this tragic and difficult time.

  2. My heartfelt condolences to the family of this honorable Officer – Deputy Michael Walizer. Thank you for your service and may angels surround your family and friends and God make his presence known to you. ’til we meet again with those gone on before us. Amen

  3. I will keep his family friends and fellow co-workers in prayer.
    They should know that there is someone out there praying for them and when they need prayer someone should go to them and pray with them.

  4. Rest in Peace Bro..we have your watch and your LE family will watch over your loving family, so no need to worry, family takes care of family… we love you…

  5. “May flights of Angels, sing thee to thy rest”; Deputy.
    And to your lovely wife, and to each of your four beloved children, I send this scripture:
    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” -1 Peter 1:3

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