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Patrolman Stephen M. Kovach | Cleveland Police Department, Ohio Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman

Stephen M. Kovach

Cleveland Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Sunday, March 11, 1984

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 763

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Stephen Kovach was shot and killed after he and his partner attempted to stop a hit-and-run driver just after midnight.

Unbeknownst to the officers, the driver had just committed two armed robberies and was operating a stolen car. The driver attempted to flee, but crashed his car.

As Patrolman Kovach's partner approached the vehicle, the driver jumped out and opened fire with a .38 caliber handgun, striking him in the chest between the panels on his vest.

The partner returned fire, wounding the assailant. As Patrolman Kovach approached, the assailant continued to fire, striking him twice in the neck, killing him. The officer continued to fire from the ground, fatally wounding the assailant.

Patrolman Kovach had served with the Cleveland Police Department for 7 years and was assigned to the Third District. He had served in law enforcement for a total of 10 years.

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My Uncle Steve loved being a police officer. He was a great guy and I would love to see how he would have changed with the times... but that was taken from him by a criminal in 1984. My mom (his sister) is now with him and I hope they are enjoying their time together. My mom missed him so much over the years... more than I think she showed us kids. I miss them both.

Daryl Chiletz
Nephew
July 12, 2016

 

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