Corporal Scott Lee Severns

Corporal Scott Lee Severns

South Bend Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, April 23, 2006

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Scott Lee Severns

Corporal Scott Severns succumbed to gunshot wounds suffered two days earlier while attempting to take police action during a robbery when he was off duty.

Corporal Severns was walking to his car with a friend when two men approached and attempted to rob them. One man was armed with a handgun. Corporal Severns drew his gun and stepped in front of his friend and pushed her to the ground as one suspect started firing. He managed to return fire, wounding the suspect, but not before suffering several bullet wounds himself. Corporal Severns was taken to a local hospital where he died two days later from his injuries.

Both suspects were apprehended following the shooting and charged with murder. The juvenile suspect who shot Corporal Severns was charged as an adult and later pleaded guilty to murder and attempted robbery. He was sentenced to 65 years with the opportunity of parole in 30 years. The other suspect was convicted of attempted robbery and sentenced to 45 years. His sentence was later reduced to 30 years.

Corporal Severns was a third-generation officer with the South Bend Police Department and had served for eight years. He is survived by his parents, sister, and half-brother.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 2018

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, April 21, 2006
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 65 years

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We miss you every day Scott-e. Yesterday was your 47th birthday. As I reflect on the ten years since your passing I think about the pain that your parents & family have endured each & every holiday & or special occasion…especially your birthday. We miss your smile, we miss your passion for life & your love you so freely gave to everyone! You had a skill of being able to reach out & made things better. No one can deny that you were the life of the party, that's for sure. I miss seeing that grin you would get on your face which made me know you were up to something! Your Dad says that you died doing what you loved to do…protecting & serving your community. It still doesn't make loosing you any easier. Our only saving grace is that someday we will see you again in heaven. You are still with us in our hearts…each & every day. We know that Hero's NEVER die, their memory lives on for ever!
We LOVE you & Miss you,
Happy Birthday
Dad, Jeannie & Stink

Dennis, Jeannie & Bryant Severns
Dad, Step Mom & Brother

June 26, 2016

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