Detective Ralph M. Steed

Detective Ralph M. Steed

South Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, June 7, 1962

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Ralph M. Steed

Detective Ralph Steed was killed when his police vehicle was struck by the driver of a vehicle fleeing officers from the Norfolk Police Department.

Detective Steed and his partner were finishing up their shift and were stopped at an intersection when the suspect lost control of his vehicle and collided with them at 95 mph. The suspect was an AWOL soldier from Camp Lejune, North Carolina. He was apprehended and charged with manslaughter, hit-and-run, reckless driving, and several other offenses.

Norfolk County and the City of South Norfolk merged in 1963 to form the City of Chesapeake. Both police agencies also merged and no longer exist.

Detective Steed had been employed with the South Norfolk Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Charged with manslaughter

pursuit, vehicle crash

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Det. Steed,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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June 7, 2022

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