Deputy Sheriff Delbert L. Berry

Deputy Sheriff Delbert L. Berry

Apache County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Sunday, September 2, 1973

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Delbert L. Berry

Deputy Sheriff Del Berry was shot and killed on the Navajo Reservation in Lupton, Arizona.

He noticed approximately 20 people outside of a trading post and stopped to investigate. Unbeknownst to Deputy Berry, the group was looting the store. As he pulled into the parking lot the group swarmed around his patrol car and one of the men fired a shotgun into the vehicle, killing Deputy Berry. Deputy Berry's body was pulled from the vehicle and five people, three adults and two juvenile girls, then stole his patrol car and duty weapon.

The subjects who stole the patrol car were arrested a short time later. The man who shot Deputy Berry was arrested in Phoenix one month later and charged with murder.

The large group was affiliated with the American Indian Movement.

Deputy Berry had only served with the Apache County Sheriff's Office for two weeks and had previously served with the McKinley County Sheriff's Office in New Mexico for five years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Charged with murder

burglary

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RIP sir.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb, New York State Police.

August 5, 2020

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