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 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 and 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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Today is Father' s Day, 2021. Your children are now older than you were when you were taken from us. They are fathers -- and you are most assuredly so very proud of them! You are a Grandfather and a Great Grandfather. Life has marched forward and your family has continued to honor you, your life, and your sacrifice. Hopefully, you are aware of the impact you made to the lives of so many. No - you will never be forgotten for generations to come.

Cassie Scott Johnson is again being considered for parole this year, ironically in August very near your birthday (the 21st). Phillip, Marc and I continue to make the Parole Board aware of our feelings regarding the possibility of her parole. It may have been 41 years but, in my estimation, her release would indicate her completion of the consequences for her actions -- and for us, there could never be a completion date for that action.

As tears continue to flow for our loss, we are comforted in the fact that you knew how much you were loved while on earth and thank you for loving us. We trust that you are rollicking with your parents and your brothers.

Never does a day go by . . . . . . . . . . . .

Your wife, Sandra

June 21, 2021

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