Police Officer Stanley Cornell Reaves

Police Officer Stanley Cornell Reaves

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, October 28, 2005

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Stanley Cornell Reaves

Officer Stanley Reaves was shot and killed after being flagged down by a citizen near the intersection of West 27th Street and DeBree Avenue.

The citizen informed him that a person in the area was acting suspiciously. Officer Reaves pulled around the corner, exited his patrol car, and began to approach the suspicious person. Without warning, the subject, 29, produced a handgun and immediately opened fire, striking Officer Reaves.

Officer Reaves was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect fled the area and was arrested in White Plains, New York, on November 2nd, 2005. He was charged with capital murder of a police officer, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and grand larceny. On March 7th, 2007, he was found guilty of all three counts and sentenced to death, plus 22 years on the additional charges. The sentence was later commuted to life in prison without parole.

Officer Reaves had served with the Norfolk Police Department for only one year. He had previously served with the Baltimore City, Maryland, Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two young children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

suspicious person

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Treva Reaves
Widow of Officer Reaves

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