Sergeant Howard King Stevenson

Sergeant Howard King Stevenson

Ceres Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, January 9, 2005

Howard King Stevenson

Sergeant Howard Stevenson was shot and killed after responding to a suspicious person call at a liquor store.

Sergeant Stevenson and other officers had responded to a liquor store on North Central Avenue to investigate reports of an armed male who was acting strangely. The first officer on the scene was shot and wounded by the suspect. This officer took cover behind a car and returned fire as Sergeant Stevenson arrived at the scene. Sergeant Stevenson exited his patrol car from the opposite side of the store and immediately engaged the suspect, firing eight shots before being shot himself. Sergeant Stevenson was struck three times in his torso and legs. The suspect then shot him twice in the head as he lay on the ground.

The suspect exchanged shots with responding officers before fleeing the scene. He was shot and killed approximately three hours later during a second shootout. The suspect was believed to be under the influence of cocaine at the time of the incident.

Sergeant Stevenson had served with the Ceres Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 143

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; SKS
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Good Morning my Heavenly love,
Today is another sad day... another local brave and selfless officer has been taken away from his earthly family too soon...

We are keeping all who know and love this brave deputy in our prayers for comfort in this time of great grief...

I believe you worked with this young man when he was just an explorer with CPD.

I hope and pray that he is at peace with our Loving and Merciful Lord and savior, Jesus.

You are loved and missed beyond words...I long for the day that we are reunited in perfect Love...

Until then, I continue to march on in this fallen world. Relying on God's Mighty direction, Grace, Mercy, and Unfailing Love, to guide me through...

your loving wife xoxoxo

November 26, 2018

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