Police Officer John L. Stephens

Police Officer John L. Stephens

Council Bluffs Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Tuesday, December 5, 1967

John L. Stephens

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.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years, 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Never identified

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Uncle Jack, you are missed! Praying your killers will be brought to justice.

Lori Price / Code Enforcement Officer

July 12, 2018

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