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The Iowa Department of Public Safety Peace Officer Memorial Page Remembers . . .

Council Bluffs Police Department

OFFICER
JOHN L. STEPHENS

Officer John L. Stephens

Officer Stephens was shot and killed Tuesday, December 5, 1967, during a robbery of a local restaurant while moonlighting as a security guard. Officer Stephens was accompanying the manager as he counted the day's receipts in preparation for making a night deposit.

Several suspects entered the restaurant in an attempt to rob it. The suspects shot and killed Officer Stephens and the manager after stealing the money. It is believed both men were shot because Officer Stephens recognized one of the suspects.

Officer Stephens had served with the Council Bluffs Police Department for just over 7 years. He was survived by his two children and was 32 years old.

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Created: 01-15-2009
Last Updated: 02-05-2010 (JLR)