Police Officer Chesley A. Stephens

Police Officer Chesley A. Stephens

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, November 13, 1984

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Chesley A. Stephens

Officer Chesley Stephens died as a result from a gunshot wound received three days earlier.

On November 10, 1984, Officer Stephens and another officer responded to a report of drug dealing in the 2600 block of San Pablo Avenue. As they made contact with several individuals, one suspect ran from them. Both officers set out on foot in pursuit of the man.

The suspect ran down a walkway between two houses in the
700 block of 26th Street and Officer Stephens followed. The
suspect took up a position against the wall near the corner of
the building, holding a gun in his hand. As Officer Stephens rounded the corner, the suspect fired, striking Officer Stephens in the head. Officer Stephens never regained consciousness and died three days later.

After a lengthy search, the suspect was apprehended and convicted of first degree murder; he was sentenced to life.

Officer Stephens had been with the agency for six years.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, November 10, 1984
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest In Peace Brother. We honor you on the 33rd anniversary of your E.O.W. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 13, 2017

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