Lieutenant Herbert Berkeley Stovall, Jr.

Lieutenant Herbert Berkeley Stovall, Jr.

Peralta Community College District Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, August 16, 1995

Add to My Heroes

Herbert Berkeley Stovall, Jr.

Lieutenant Stovall was shot and killed with his own weapon after responding to an officer needs assistance call. The other officer had chased an auto theft suspect into an estuary that separates the Laney College campus from the football field.

Lieutenant Stovall, who was in his office, responded to the scene and ordered the man out of the estuary at gunpoint. As the man came closer he started to struggle with Lieutenant Stovall and both men fell into the water. The suspect gained control of Lieutenant Stovall's weapon and shot him once while the two were under water. No one heard the shot because it was fired under water.

The suspect was apprehended and charged with Lieutenant Stovall's murder but took an insanity defense.

Lieutenant Stovall was only six weeks shy of retirement when he was murdered. He is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 64
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available

stolen vehicle

Most Recent Reflection

View all 33 Reflections

Six weeks shy of retirement and still on the front lines and engaging with the enemy. Absolutely amazing and incredibly selfless. Lieutenant Berkeley, God Bless you, your family and rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 16, 2020

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.