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

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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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A few years out of law enforcement, the only every day carry item that I never leave behind is the memorial bracelet with your name on it. You were my best friend in college and the one that convinced me to serve for the greater good. You will never be forgotten, every time I watch a football game, or open a beer the memories of you are there. I pray daily for your widow and children, the world is a lesser place without you. God speed warrior, you have earned your place in heaven.

Retired Lieutenant Greg Brachle
Albuqueruqe Police Department

October 26, 2018

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