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Sergeant Howard King Stevenson | Ceres Police Department, California Ceres Police Department, California


Howard King Stevenson

Ceres Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, January 9, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 143

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; SKS

Offender: Shot and killed

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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.

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Sergaent Howard you and my dad were so close to each. He talks about you all the time to us and tells us stories about you and him. I only wish I could have meet you my self. After all the stories My father has told us I feel like I have known you along as my father has. I just want you to know Howie I am going to school for Criminal Justice in honor of you. I wanna pay my respects to what you have done for our city of Ceres. We love you and miss you I wanna ask you if you could say Hi to my Aunt Marlyn Uncle Bob Grandma Betty and My Grandpa Clyde tell them their whole family misses them and loves them with all our heart and Well see them all again one day.

Justin Lipani
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September 22, 2016


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