Chief of Police David Reasons

Chief of Police David Reasons

Stantonsburg Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, September 19, 1966

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David Reasons

Chief of Police David Reasons was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance at a home one block from the town hall.

As Chief Reasons and another officer entered the home they were confronted by the husband, who was armed with a .22 caliber pistol. As the officers backed out of the home Chief Reasons slammed the door on the suspect's arm. The suspect then fired four shots, striking Chief Reasons in the chest three times, killing him.

The other officer, who was armed only with a nightstick, grabbed Chief Reasons' revolver from its holster and returned fire, wounding the suspect. The man was convicted of murdering Chief Reasons and sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled on July 5th, 1983.

Chief Reasons had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 62
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Paroled in 1983


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Chief David Reason, I have recently took over the police department in Stantonsburg, NC. While I was cleaning out the PD, I came across a piece of paper that was appeared weathered in the corner of a closet here. As I carefully opened it, it was a certificate for The Medal of Valor presented to you on the 19th Day of September 1966. It states, "In the face of gunfire and without the benefit of cover this police officer unhesitatingly sacrificed his life in the performance of his duties". It was an honor to come across this award you so deserved. It was now framed and displayed in our department lobby, so that other officer that follow your foot steps here, will always know of the ultimate sacrifice that you made for our citizens. You are gone but not forgotten. You will be represented Thursday, May 3, 2018 at this years Annual Peace Officers Memorial Day being held in Wilson NC. You may rest in peace now brother, I will cover the rest of your watch. Until we meet for the first time on the other side. God bless.

Chief Orlando Rosario Jr.
Stantonsburg Police Department

March 26, 2018

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