Sergeant Robert L. Stevens

Sergeant Robert L. Stevens

Benton Township Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, April 29, 1970

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Robert L. Stevens

Sergeant Robert Stevens was shot and killed when a mentally ill man took control of his firearm and shot and killed him.

Sergeant Stevens was on break, eating with other officers at an all night restaurant, when the man approached the seated officers and went immediately for Sgt. Steven's duty revolver. He was able to remove it from the holster and shot Sergeant Stevens. The subject was pursued out of the restaurant by other officers and captured in the parking lot. The man was later ruled to be mentally ill and released.

Sergeant Stevens had served with the Benton Township Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, mother, six sisters, and four brothers.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 9 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Ruled mentally ill and released

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

April 29, 2021

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