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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When I mentally list off the people I'm most grateful for in my life, Trooper DeVries is included. It's not because I personally knew him but rather for what he represents, A sense of justice, courage, and bravery. On the day he performed his final act, I was a young 6th grade boy attending school at Westside elementary. From my classroom window, I could see the small white brick bank across the street. Its parking lot was filling up with patrol cars. I thought to myself that something was surely wrong. At that instance, I did not yet know that Trooper DeVries had given his life defending our community. That day, the lesson, given by Trooper DeVries heroic actions, has stayed with me my entire life. I solemnly salute you and all that you represent.

Michael Stevens
Grateful Citizen

December 31, 2020

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