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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 158-05
February 14, 2005

Pentagon Police Officer Dies from Injuries

Pentagon police officer James M. Feltis, III died at 12:40 p.m. today from complications resulting from injuries sustained in the line of duty.

On Jan. 11, 2005 at approximately 8:27 a.m. a stolen vehicle that was attempting to elude a marked Alexandria police cruiser struck Feltis. The operator of the stolen vehicle turned onto the pentagon reservation and traveled the wrong way on South Rotary Rd., a one-way street, at a high rate of speed. Upon seeing the vehicle approach his location, Feltis attempted to initiate a traffic stop and was struck head on as the vehicle continued traveling at a high rate of speed the wrong way up the Route 27 on-ramp to the pentagon reservation. The 41 year-old officer, a 12-year veteran of the Pentagon Police Department, was flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital where he was admitted in critical condition. He never regained consciousness.

On Feb. 8, 2005, during a bedside ceremony attended by his wife, Feltis was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal of Valor for life threatening injuries sustained during the performance of his official protection duties.

On Feb. 10, 2005 the operator of vehicle, Ossie Larode, 22, no known address, was indicted by a federal grand jury in a five count indictment charging, among other things, carjacking and attempted murder of Feltis. Larode is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals in Alexandria, Va.

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