Patrolman Stephen M. Kovach

Patrolman Stephen M. Kovach

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, March 11, 1984

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Stephen M. Kovach

Patrolman Stephen Kovach was shot and killed after he and his partner attempted to stop a hit-and-run driver just after midnight.

Unbeknownst to the officers, the driver had just committed two armed robberies and was operating a stolen car. The driver attempted to flee, but crashed his car.

As Patrolman Kovach's partner approached the vehicle, the driver jumped out and opened fire with a .38 caliber handgun, striking him in the chest between the panels on his vest.

The partner returned fire, wounding the assailant. As Patrolman Kovach approached, the assailant continued to fire, striking him twice in the neck, killing him. The officer continued to fire from the ground, fatally wounding the assailant.

Patrolman Kovach had served with the Cleveland Police Department for 7 years and was assigned to the Third District. He had served in law enforcement for a total of 10 years.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 763

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Steve and partner Dave were 2 of the nicest guys I’d encountered as rook in the 3d. Steve was just flat out a nice guy, treating a rookie, not even on his shift, like a friend. I was sitting with Daves brother when news hit, delivered by a shiftmate. We had lost other mates prior, but had never lost a friend at that point. Steve, you will always be remembered by this guy, and thank God Dave was able to stay with us. Thanks for being you Steve, a darn fine person.

Sgt. (ret) Steve Ryan
Cleveland Police Dept

April 13, 2018

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