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Police Officer Steven Robert Rutherford | Newport News Police Department, Virginia Newport News Police Department, Virginia

Police Officer

Steven Robert Rutherford

Newport News Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 12, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/11/1994

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Police Officer Steven Rutherford was shot and killed while working undercover disguised as a pizza delivery person in anticipation of a robbery.

That night, several juveniles robbed him at gun point at a condo complex on Thorncliff Drive. As he was complying with their demands to lay on the ground, his jacket rose up and exposed his gun and one of the juveniles opened fire, striking him twice. Officer Rutherford got up and chased the juveniles approximately 200 yards before he collapsed as his partner fired from the delivery vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspects were arrested a short time later.

Officer Rutherford had previously served as an auxiliary officer for 17 months and had served as a full time officer for approximately 6-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife, mother, father, sister, and brother.

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I worked at that Pizza place and was working that night. I've never forgot him

Ryan Hooper
September 17, 2016

 

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