One year ago today, Trooper 1st Class Chadwick “Chad” LeCroy, 38, pulled over Gregory Favors of Atlanta on Bolton Road near South Cobb Drive. It was 11 p.m.
Favors, 31, reportedly fled, leading LeCroy on a car chase, and crashed his 2007 Mazda on Hightower Road and St. Paul Avenue. Police say Favors then opened fire on LeCroy as he approached Favors' car, hitting him once in the neck.
Favors fled in LeCroy’s patrol car but was apprehended with the help of . East Cobb resident LeCroy died in an ambulance on the way to Grady Memorial Hospital.
Favors was charged with felony murder and aggravated assault Dec. 28, 2010. He remains in the Fulton County Jail. He has pleaded not guilty in the killing.
His stepmother, Tonya LeCroy of Marietta, told the MDJ the death has been tough on her family and torn up LeCroy's father, Bill.
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LeCroy left behind two sons, Bret, 22, and Chase, 11; a 21-year-old brother, Jamie; two half-brothers, Jake, 12, and Jack, 15; and his mother, Donna Houston, and stepfather, Stan Houston, a retired captain.
Jake LeCroy .
The LeCroys aren't the only ones keeping alive the trooper's memory.
An ammo can filled with symbolic reminders is making the rounds among law enforcement agencies, most recently being taken on patrol by .
Here's how Chad LeCroy's story unfolded in the past year: