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Police Officer Delma Devon Adams | Raleigh Police Department, North Carolina Raleigh Police Department, North Carolina

Police Officer

Delma Devon Adams

Raleigh Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Sunday, February 3, 1980

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 136

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/2/1980

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Adams was shot and killed while making a DUI arrest. Officer Adams had put the female suspect in the rear of the police car. As Officer Adams sat in the driver's seat the suspect produced a handgun and shot him in the back of the head through the patrol car's cage.

The suspect was sentenced to life but becomes eligible for parole in 2003. She was denied parole in 2003.

Officer Adams had been with the agency for 13 years and was survived by his wife and two sons.

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It has been about 36 years. I don't know who if anyone sees things like this. I hope the family of Jimmy Adams does. I did not know the man but other commenters make me believe he was a fine, Christian father and husband. I met him after he was shot. It was my crew from Garner Rescue that was the first EMS on the scene. A Raleigh EMS unit arrived later as we were rapidly preparing for transport to Wake Med. I don't recall the man's name, he was a big, black EMT that worked for EMS, a super nice and smart fellow that I respected greatly from other encounters. He joined us as we transported Adams in the Garner ambulance. I often wonder if I looked as helpless, sad, and concerned as he did as we rode in the back together. There was not a lot we could do, not even talk. I remember seeing our red lights reflecting off cars and buildings as we probably drove way too fast. At the hospital we were met by numerous medical people. It was a whirl flying by. I remember the doctor coming in and needing but a few seconds to state that Adams would not make it. There was way too much brain damage. I still feel my own heartbreak for a person I never spoke to, laying on a bed, still in a uniform of service for others, but with no hope in anything of this world. He died in his uniform which seemed so symbolic and sad. I'm glad to know he had a greater hope that has surely done him well.

I am hopeful his offspring have done well in the life he helped provide them.

The only time I ever saw Cassie Johnson was handcuffed, facedown on the asphalt. I recall having the desire to spit on her and even kick her. That would have been wrong but there was a strong urge to do it. The only dark humor of the whole event was me strangely, to myself, wondering what people would think if I kicked a girl!

Jimmy DD Adams stolen life is one of 3 horrors I hold in memory of my rescue service. I'm glad I could serve but I'm so sad even today that such evil occurred for no valid reason.

I now need to wipe away a lot of tears and bury some of these and other memories with Jimmy. Again, I hope the best for all members of the family and the people on the "sidelines" like other officers and friends.

Jim Lee
former Garner Rescue EMT
November 21, 2016


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