Police Officer Alva Ray Simmons

Police Officer Alva Ray Simmons

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Saturday, July 10, 2004

Alva Ray Simmons

Officer Alva Simmons succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained 19 years earlier while responding to a burglary in progress. He had slipped into a coma shortly after the incident and never regained consciousness.

Officer Simmons had responded to the call at a home on Short Street, in the Carrollton area, and was in a crouched position while he approached the home. A suspect inside suddenly opened fire with a .357 caliber revolver. One of the rounds struck Officer Simmons in the chin, damaging his vocal cord and severing an artery.

He had initially been released from the hospital after one month, but within a few weeks he began suffering dizziness and slipped into a coma. Doctors were unable to bring him out of the coma. He was returned to his home and given round-the-clock treatment but never regained consciousness.

At the time of the shooting, Officer Simmons had served with the New Orleans Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, March 18, 1985
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 100 years

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I remember all the times you and Malcolm Williams would stop by the house on Whitney Ave. Those were the best times. I will always remember you, Ray. Thank you for all the laughs.

LaVerne Mars

August 28, 2018

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