Deputy Sheriff Elton C. Stover

Deputy Sheriff Elton C. Stover

Berrien County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, December 10, 1965

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Elton C. Stover

Deputy Sheriff Elton Stover was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a bank robbery call in Benton Harbor. When they arrived the suspects opened fire with a submachine gun, striking Deputy Stover twice.

The suspects fled but were followed by a local couple who directed officers to their location. Two suspects were arrested and charged in connection with the robbery and murder.

One suspect pled guilty to murder and was sentenced to prison. The other suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on April 12, 1966. He died in prison on July 14, 2006.

Deputy Stover had served with the Berrien County Sheriff's Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife and four sons.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Machine gun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 46th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 10, 2011

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