Sergeant Howard King Stevenson

Sergeant Howard King Stevenson

Ceres Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, January 9, 2005

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Howard King Stevenson

Sergeant Howard Stevenson was shot and killed after responding to a suspicious person call at a liquor store.

Sergeant Stevenson and other officers had responded to a liquor store on North Central Avenue to investigate reports of an armed male who was acting strangely. The first officer on the scene was shot and wounded by the suspect. This officer took cover behind a car and returned fire as Sergeant Stevenson arrived at the scene. Sergeant Stevenson exited his patrol car from the opposite side of the store and immediately engaged the suspect, firing eight shots before being shot himself. Sergeant Stevenson was struck three times in his torso and legs. The suspect then shot him twice in the head as he lay on the ground.

The suspect exchanged shots with responding officers before fleeing the scene. He was shot and killed approximately three hours later during a second shootout. The suspect was believed to be under the influence of cocaine at the time of the incident.

Sergeant Stevenson had served with the Ceres Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 143

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; SKS
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Good Morning my heavenly love,
I continually miss you and love you and long for the day we are reunited in perfect LOVE!!!

This world is in a continued state of change (as it always has been) but is going by, as if...
in "warp" speed...

I often wonder what you would have thought about these times? if you had not been taken home so soon...

I believe there would have been many who might have looked for your guidance. The kids and I, being your biggest fans, would have followed you to the ends of the Earth....if that is what you thought we should do...

However, I am so grateful that we have our Lord and Savior, Jesus to walk us through this season, and every season ahead...{ Be anxious for nothing because the Lord your God is with You} Philippians 4:6-7

Surprisingly, I do have a peace that surpasses understanding. I know we were meant to be here and you were meant to be in your Heavenly position, during this time... Even though, my human heart wishes you were here with us... because Not a day has gone by that you are not on my heart and in thoughts...

So... this is what I am doing...I am praying and trusting and looking for blessings through all of the challenges! Yes, that is the best thing I can do:) until I/we too, get to go home....

Love you, Howard, my forever sweetheart and looking forward to seeing you soon!!!

Watch over us all xoxoxo

your loving wife

September 12, 2020

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