Patrolman Robert Hayes DeKorte

Patrolman Robert Hayes DeKorte

Newport News Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, September 23, 1921

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Robert Hayes DeKorte

Patrolman Robert DeKorte was shot and killed with his own weapon while attempting to arrest a fugitive at 448 Twenty-Ninth Street.

The subject was found guilty of First Degree Murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Patrolman DeKorte was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWI and had served with the Newport News Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and young son.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 3
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest attempt, fugitive

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Patrolman DeKorte,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN during WW I.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

September 23, 2021

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