Police Chief David L. Stewart

Police Chief David L. Stewart

Hope Police Department, North Dakota

End of Watch Monday, August 14, 1933

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David L. Stewart

Police Chief David Stewart was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two thieves who had stolen kerosene from a bulk station during the night. He interrupted the burglars who then shot him twice in the chest and fled.

On April 10, 1935, both suspects were apprehended in Center, Texas. On January 30, 1936, the shooter was convicted of first degree manslaughter and sentenced to seven years. He was released on April 11, 1940. His accomplice was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to one year.

Chief Stewart had served with the Hope Police Department for two years. He was survived by seven siblings.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Released in 1940

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

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