Police Officer Delma Devon Adams

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Police Officer Delma Devon Adams

Raleigh Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, February 3, 1980

Delma Devon Adams

Officer 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 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 but becomes eligible for parole in 2003. She was denied parole in 2003.

Officer Adams had been with the agency for 13 years and was 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

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My name is Lt. Kevin Ray and I work with the High Point, NC Police Department (22yrs). My father was Greg Ray and worked on your squad. I suspect my father suffered from survivors guilt pretty bad. I don't know for sure because I've only heard him talk about it once or twice but I know he carries a burden because he was out sick that night........and he never called in sick unless it was to take care of his wife or kids. He's carried that guilt for a while. I thank you Officer Adams for your sacrifice and I thank my father and the rest of RPD for continuing to fight the fight the way it should be fought.

Lt. Kevin Ray
High Point PD NC

October 17, 2017

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