Case Number: 11063

Stephens, Deason - Age 40 - Colored - Shot to death at 11:45 AM, 9/25/29, by Patrolman Frank J. Reynold's Squad while attempting to escape from 4149 South Parkway from which the inmates had been driven with teargas bombs after they had shot and killed officer Wm. Gallagher and fatally wounded Officer Jesse D. Halts, when said officers came to investigate a reported kidnapping of Chas. Kirkman, head of the Moorish Science Temple, a Negro cult. On 9/26/29 the officers were exonerated by the Coroner. 5 Dist.


Date of Offense September 25, 1929
Date of Death September 25, 1929
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address 4149 South Parkway
Type of Location Street, or other non-commercial public place/alley
Type of Public Place Street, sidewalk or alley
Location Description 4149 South Parkway
Type of Death Homicide
Type of Homicide Intentional manslaughter
Characteristics victim resisting arrest, officers investingating a
Method of Killing Other gun, gun unspecified
Weapon shot to death
Motive attempting to escape
Victim Initiated Events Leading to Homicide Yes
Description Victim killed resisting arrest
Total Number of Victims 1
Location 4149 South Parkway
Related to Organized Crime


Name Stephens, Deason
Age 40 years
Gender Male
Race Black
Ethnicity African American


Name Reynolds, Frank J.
Gender Male
Ethnicity English-Anglo
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, professional (incl. police and military)
Occupation/ Skill Law Enforcement, Police


Precinct 17
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date Defendant Arrested 27-Sep-29
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 1


Date of Coroner's Decision September 26, 1929
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Exonerated, Commended
Charges Against Defendant No
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner's verdict only
Allegations of Police Corruption No