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 of a car parked in front of a home. As they tried to render aide to the woman a man inside of 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 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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My 25th birthday. Rest in peace Officer Drye.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 6, 2020

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