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Master Police Officer Steven J. Underwood | Des Moines Police Department, Washington Des Moines Police Department, Washington

Master Police Officer

Steven J. Underwood

Des Moines Police Department, Washington

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 7, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 9504

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 34 years

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Officer Steven Underwood was shot and killed while questioning four juvenile suspects he had stopped while they were walking along Pacific Highway at approximately 0130 hours.

Officer Underwood had requested backup and stated he recognized one of the suspects as a wanted felon. When additional units arrived, they found him with critical gunshot wounds to the abdomen and head. Officer Underwood was wearing a vest, but the abdomen shot entered just below the vest line. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries approximately four hours later.

All four suspects were eventually apprehended and the shooter was charged with aggravated murder. The other three suspects were not charged.

In November 2004, the suspect pled guilty to first degree murder in a plea bargain with prosecutors. He was sentenced to 34 years in prison.

Officer Underwood had served with the agency for 6 years. He is survived by his wife and two-year-old son.

Local citizens dedicated the Steven J. Underwood Memorial Ball Park in Officer Underwood's memory.

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We are holding a Blue Courage class in Everett, WA and Officer Underwood's name was given to us to research. Coincidentally, I attended his memorial in 2001, see his photo and memorial at BLEA when I visit and have his memorial coin in my office. It is hard to believe it has already been 14 years... but, it is comforting to know he is remembered and we greatly appreciate his service.

Rex Caldwell, Police Chief
Mukilteo Police Department
April 13, 2015


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