Police Officer Delma Devon Adams

Police Officer Delma Devon Adams

Raleigh Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, February 3, 1980

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Delma Devon Adams

Officer Delma Adams was shot and killed while making a DUI arrest.

Officer Adams had put the female suspect in the rear of the police car. As Officer Adams sat in the driver's seat near the Raleigh Police Department, the suspect produced a handgun and shot him in the back of the head through the patrol car's cage.

The suspect was sentenced to life. She was denied parole in 2003.

Officer Adams had been with the Raleigh Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 136

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, February 2, 1980
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest, DUI

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Delma Devon Adams. Known as Jimmy by his friends, was the finest person to ever walk this earth? I went to school with him and double dated with him. Jimmy and his at that time girlfriend, Sandra, introduced me to the girl that wound up being my wife. I think the following short occurrence that I'm going to talk about will indicate the type of person Jimmy was in life. Jimmy's church was cutting firewood on a Saturday to give to the needy people. Jimmy had to work and was not able to participate in that. The following Monday, Jimmy took his truck and chainsaw and went and cut wood and piled it on the pile that the church people had cut. Jimmy's wife and I may be the only ones that are aware of that. Jimmy was the kind of guy he did not do things for praise. He did things because he thought they were right. That night, I lost the best friend I ever had. I do not believe there's a week that goes by without me thinking about him. I just found this page today, and I had to say something about the great friend that I did have.

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January 24, 2023

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