Police Officer Steven Robert Rutherford

Police Officer Steven Robert Rutherford

Newport News Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, January 12, 1994

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Steven Robert Rutherford

Police Officer Steven Rutherford was shot and killed while working undercover disguised as a pizza delivery person in anticipation of a robbery.

That night, several juveniles robbed him at gun point at a condo complex on Thorncliff Drive. As he was complying with their demands to lay on the ground, his jacket rose up and exposed his gun and one of the juveniles opened fire, striking him twice. Officer Rutherford got up and chased the juveniles approximately 200 yards before he collapsed as his partner fired from the delivery vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspects were arrested a short time later.

Officer Rutherford had previously served as an auxiliary officer for 17 months and had served as a full time officer for approximately 6-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife, mother, father, sister, and brother.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 11, 1994
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

juvenile offender, robbery, undercover

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Rest in peace Officer Rutherford.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 17, 2019

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