Sergeant Steven M. Shaw

Sergeant Steven M. Shaw

Providence Police Department, Rhode Island

End of Watch Thursday, February 3, 1994

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Steven M. Shaw

Sergeant Steven Shaw was shot and killed while searching a home on Benedict Street where a robbery suspect was hiding.

The suspect was hiding in a closet on the home's second floor and shot Sergeant Shaw when he was found. The subject was shot and killed by other officers on the scene.

Sergeant Shaw had served with the Providence Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife.

He was posthumously promoted to Sergeant.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 553

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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This morning I pulled a random T-shirt out of my closet and it is mt Sgt Shaw memorial shirt. I think I bought it at the fundraiser held in Steve's honor. I didn't know Steve when I drove from NY to RI on that cold February day but I'd met people like him before, young, dedicated honest people trying to make a difference.

A few months later I would attend a funeral in Fall River Mass for one of their Officers and the combination of these two events would change my life as I met so many Fall River PD and Providence PD Officers. One of those Providence Officers is now one of my closest friends.

Steve's sacrifice set in motion a chain of events that would change so many lives. I am saddened by but grateful for his sacrifice.

Sgt. Dennis D'Alessio (retired)
Westchester County PD NY

June 2, 2023

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