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Police Officer Chesley A. Stephens | Oakland Police Department, California Oakland Police Department, California

Police Officer

Chesley A. Stephens

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 13, 1984

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/10/1984

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Chesley Stephens died as a result from a gunshot wound received three days earlier.

On November 10, 1984, Officer Stephens and another officer responded to a report of drug dealing in the 2600 block of San Pablo Avenue. As they made contact with several individuals, one suspect ran from them. Both officers set out on foot in pursuit of the man.

The suspect ran down a walkway between two houses in the
700 block of 26th Street and Officer Stephens followed. The
suspect took up a position against the wall near the corner of
the building, holding a gun in his hand. As Officer Stephens rounded the corner, the suspect fired, striking Officer Stephens in the head. Officer Stephens never regained consciousness and died three days later.

After a lengthy search, the suspect was apprehended and convicted of first degree murder; he was sentenced to life.

Officer Stephens had been with the agency for six years.

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Just wanted to say what a great friend and person chuck was I remember as Teenagers we'd go up to Sequoia National Park and how much fun we had with his cousin Danny Stephens and Russell Stephens. I remember the sad time it was when Chuck's brother Brian died of cancer years ago. Chuck's sister Amber died a few months ago. I know all that knew Chuck we're all that did become better people who knew him.

Larry Dodson

Larry Dodson
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July 8, 2016


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