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Sergeant Steven M. Shaw | Providence Police Department, Rhode Island Providence Police Department, Rhode Island


Steven M. Shaw

Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch: Thursday, February 3, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 553

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sergeant Shaw was shot and killed while searching a home, on Benedict Street, where a robbery suspect was hiding. The suspect was hiding in a closet on the second floor of the home and shot Sergeant Shaw when he was found. The suspect was shot and killed by other officers on the scene.

Sergeant Shaw was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He had been with the agency for five years and is survived by his wife.

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For no reason in particular I was recalling the night and the Funeral. The solemnity and powerful silence of the procession. The brutality of the cold and the snow. The eerie echo of the horseshoes striking the pavement throughout the streets of Silver Lake. The beautiful rendition of Knockin' On Heaven's Door at the mass. "Momma take this badge off of me, I can't use it anymore. It's gettin' dark, too dark to see. I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door".

November 15, 2015


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