Patrolman Charles F. Stevens

Patrolman Charles F. Stevens

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, August 4, 1923

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Charles F. Stevens

Patrolman Stevens was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a murder suspect. Patrolman Stevens was a rookie policeman who was getting off duty at the time of the call for assistance and he volunteered to go on the call. He heard a gunshot from the 300 block of Vance Street and ran to investigate and when he arrived he came across a drunken suspect who had just shot his friend after an argument. Patrolman Stevens drew his weapon and ordered the suspect to drop his gun. The suspect stated, "No one is going to take my gun" and fired, striking Patrolman Stevens in the chest. Before he fell to the ground, Patrolman Steven was able to fire two shots, critically wounding the suspect. Patrolman Stevens was removed to Saint Joseph's Hospital where he died from his wound.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Patrolman Stevens was survived by his wife and two teenage daughters.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 90th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 30, 2013

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