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Police Officer John L. Stephens | Council Bluffs Police Department, Iowa Council Bluffs Police Department, Iowa

Police Officer

John L. Stephens

Council Bluffs Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 5, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 7 years, 4 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Never identified

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Officer Stephens was shot and killed during a robbery of a local restaurant while moonlighting as a security guard. Officer Stephens was accompanying the manager as he counted the day's receipts in preparation for making a night deposit.

Several suspects entered the restaurant in an attempt to rob it. The suspects shot and killed Officer Stephens and the manager after stealing the money. It is believed both men were shot because Officer Stephens recognized one of the suspects.

The suspects were never identified.

Officer Stephens had served with the agency for just over 7 years. He was survived by his two children.

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Dear Officer John Stephens, my mom is your half sister. We placed Easter decorations on your gravesite the other day. We had to stop going for awhile because mom's health is not good. But when we couldnt come tigether, there were times i went alone and i couldnt imagine what you went through that terrible night. Please know mom and i talk about you all the time. She always tells me how she met you. I wish i wouldve known you, but i was just a kid. Though, ive learned so much about you over the years, that i feel i know you. I hope you are with my grandpa, your dad, my uncle bobby, ur half brother and my grandma. I hope you ha e all found each other and are angels to family members who remain. Im glad i found out about you. Happy Easter Officer John Stephens! You are missed and loved by my mom, me and i know so many others.

Cindy Kraft Chevalier
half sister's niece
March 28, 2016


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