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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No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 23, 2020

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