Police Officer Edward C. Stevens

Police Officer Edward C. Stevens

Albany Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, November 26, 1971

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Edward C. Stevens

Police Officer Edward Stevens was killed while assisting an ambulance crew.

Officer Stevens and two other officers responded to assist an ambulance crew who was attempting to transport the suspect to a psychiatric hospital. The suspect refused to cooperate with the ambulance crew and the officers and returned to her apartment and closed the door. One of the ambulance crew was able to look into the suspect’s apartment and saw her point a rifle at the door.
The officers attempted to move away from the door but the suspect fired her rifle. The bullet grazed one of the assisting officers in the back of the head and struck Officer Stevens in the neck. Officer Stevens was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds later in the afternoon. The suspect surrendered to the police and she was charged in the murder of Officer Stevens. The suspect, 36, was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Police Officer Stevens served seven years with the Albany Police Department and is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 2, 1971
  • Weapon Rifle; 7.65 mm
  • Offender Not guilty by reason of insanity

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Officer Stevens,
On today, the 50th 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 USNR. And to your Family, and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

November 26, 2021

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