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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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My mom, Sandra Price is Officer Stephens (we call him Jack) full blood sister and this case is never forgotten. My mom continually prays for this to be resolved and we have promised we will never forget Uncle Jack's case. "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay" saith the Lord. Romans 12:19, taken from the King James Version of the bible.

Lucy McReynolds
September 20, 2017


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