Former city officer killed on duty in Va.

Search continues for the man who shot the Norfolk policeman

October 30, 2005|By BRADLEY OLSON AND NICK SHIELDS | BRADLEY OLSON AND NICK SHIELDS,SUN REPORTERS

A former Baltimore police officer was killed in the line of duty Friday in Norfolk, Va., after being shot by an assailant who was still at large, the Norfolk Police Department said yesterday.

Stanley Cornell Reaves, 33, was a Baltimore police officer from 1993 until 2004, when he was hired by the Norfolk department.

According to Norfolk police, Reaves was flagged down by a person who told him a man nearby was acting suspiciously. He approached the man, who was standing by a parked van, about 4 p.m. Friday. The man then pulled out a handgun and shot Reaves. He died after being taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Police said the man who shot Reaves left the area in a sport-utility vehicle. Police were searching for him yesterday.

Baltimore police Officer James Brooks said he knew Reaves for about eight years and considered him a close friend. He described Reaves as a loving father and an approachable officer who was in touch with the community.

"It's definitely a loss, not only for the Norfolk department, but for those of us here," Brooks said. "It's like a double shot when you lose someone like that. It's definitely a tremendous loss."

In 1997, Baltimore settled a civil suit brought by relatives of George T. Hite, a South Baltimore man who died in 1994 of injuries he received while being arrested by Reaves and his partner. A grand jury investigated the death and determined that the officers were not responsible for Hite's deadly fall.

Baltimore police declined to provide any information about Reaves, saying the department's personnel office is closed for the weekend.

Reaves is survived by his wife and two children, ages 2 and 5. He lived in Chesapeake, Va.

bradley.olson@baltsun.com nicholas.shields@baltsun.com

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