Special Agent Stephen Palmer Shaw

Special Agent Stephen Palmer Shaw

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, May 17, 2013

Stephen Palmer Shaw

Special Agent Stephen Shaw and Special Agent Christopher Lorek were killed in a training accident 12 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Both agents were participating in a maritime counterterrorism exercise involving fast-roping from a helicopter onto a ship. The helicopter encountered difficulties during the maneuver, causing both agents to fall a significant distance into the ocean.

They were recovered from the water and flown to Norfolk General Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Special Agent Shaw had served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for eight years and was assigned to the Hostage Rescue Team, based out of Quantico, Virginia. He is survived by his wife, 3-year-old daughter, and 1-year-old son.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 20442

Incident Details

  • Cause Training accident
  • Location Virginia

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May Special Agent Shaw soul's rest in peace. Thank you for your service to our great nation, and I also want to thank Special Agent Lorek for his dedicated service as well. May God bless ALL the family members of Special Agent Shaw and Special Agent Lorek.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

February 3, 2018

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