Master Police Officer Steven J. Underwood

Master Police Officer Steven J. Underwood

Des Moines Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Wednesday, March 7, 2001

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Steven J. Underwood

Officer Steven Underwood was shot and killed while questioning four juvenile suspects he had stopped while they were walking along Pacific Highway at approximately 0130 hours.

Officer Underwood had requested backup and stated he recognized one of the suspects as a wanted felon. When additional units arrived, they found him with critical gunshot wounds to the abdomen and head. Officer Underwood was wearing a vest, but the abdomen shot entered just below the vest line. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries approximately four hours later.

All four suspects were eventually apprehended and the shooter was charged with aggravated murder. The other three suspects were not charged.

In November 2004, the suspect pled guilty to first-degree murder in a plea bargain with prosecutors. He was sentenced to 34 years in prison.

Officer Underwood had served with the Des Moines Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife and two-year-old son.

Local citizens dedicated the Steven J. Underwood Memorial Ball Park in Officer Underwood's memory.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 9504

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 34 years

convicted felon, juvenile, suspicious person

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I had the privilege and honor of babysitting Steven for several years starting when he was 10 months old. We considered him a member of our family. He was deeply loved. It is hard to believe that it has been 20 years since Steven passed.
I think of him often and say a prayer for his mother and those that loved him..

Linda Hanson
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December 15, 2021

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