Officer Douglas Eric Drye

Officer Douglas Eric Drye

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, April 14, 1984

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Douglas Eric Drye

Officer Douglas Drye was shot and killed by a sniper while responding to a shots fired call at 1065 Green Street at 12:15 am.

When he and another officer arrived, they discovered a woman who had been shot inside a car parked in front of a home. As they tried to render aid to the woman, a man inside the home shot Officer Drye with an M-1 rifle. The other officer and two citizens pulled Officer Drye across the street behind cover, but he succumbed to his wounds before he could be taken to a hospital.

The subject was shot and killed during an ensuing standoff.

Officer Drye had served with the Norfolk Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and parents.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; M-1
  • Offender Shot and killed

ambush, shots fired call, sniper

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Well Doug, it's been 39 years now partner! I think about you all the time. Our daughters are now in their 40's. It's been a rough ride.
Love you brother

Retired Officer Ralph Bregant
Norfolk police

April 5, 2023

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