Trooper Steven B. DeVries

Trooper Steven B. DeVries

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, October 12, 1972

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Steven B. DeVries

Trooper DeVries was shot and killed after stopping a suspect who had just robbed a bank in Niles, Michigan. During the stop the suspect shot him in the chest. Responding officers found that during the course of the stop Trooper DeVries had written the man's name and address on a note pad and arrested the man.

The suspect was sentenced to life in prison but escaped in 1987. Later that same year he was shot and killed by deputies in Mississippi following another bank robbery.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Later shot and killed

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I remember this day often. I was 10 years old. The police searched the woods and fields by my home looking for Kenneth Oliver the lowlife that killed him. I remember the road blocks. The school buses dropping us off at our homes instead of the normal bus stops. I wish the Michigan State Police would've caught him instead of the Mississippi police but at least he was caught and dealt with for his actions. Many, many times over the years I think about this day and Trooper DeVries. God bless him still.

Brian Martin

December 26, 2019

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