Detective J. Payton Stewart

Detective J. Payton Stewart

Petersburg Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, May 25, 1927

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J. Payton Stewart

Detective J. Stewart was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two brothers near Halifax Street. After a brief struggle Detective Stewart began to arrest one of the brothers. The other suspect then shot and killed Detective Stewart and wounded a bystander.

Both brothers were sentenced to death and executed in May, 1928.

Detective Steward had been with the agency for 20 years.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 25, 2015

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