Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 7 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Rifle; Machine gun
Offender: Sentenced to life
Deputy Sheriff Elton Stover was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a bank robbery call in Benton Harbor. When they arrived the suspects opened fire with a submachine gun, striking Deputy Stover twice.
The suspects fled but were followed by a local couple who directed officers to their location. Two suspects were arrested and charged in connection with the robbery and murder.
One suspect pled guilty to murder and was sentenced to prison. The other suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on April 12, 1966. He died in prison on July 14, 2006.
Deputy Stover had served with the Berrien County Sheriff's Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and four sons.