Slain lawmen to be buried in Windsor

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 1, 2005

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Stanley Cornell Reaves, a Norfolk, Va. Police Officer who was gunned down Friday while in the line of duty, will be buried tomorrow (Wednesday) in a private cemetery near Windsor.

Reaves’ wife, the former Treva Rose, is a Bertie County native.

According to the WAVY-TV 10 website, Norfolk police have identified the suspect they believe shot and killed Reaves on Friday afternoon.

Email newsletter signup

Thomas Alexander Porter, 29, is charged with capital murder of a police officer, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Officials say Porter shot the 33-year-old law enforcement officer Friday around 4 p.m. the 2700 block of De Bree Avenue, Norfolk. Reaves died a short time later at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

According to Norfolk Police authorities, Officer Reaves was flagged down by a concerned citizen and advised that a male was acting suspicious on De Bree Avenue.

Police said Reaves was attempting to interview Porter when the suspect allegedly pulled out a handgun he had hidden on his person and shot the officer.

Officials say it is unknown if Reaves and Porter even spoke.

Witnesses told police Reaves was standing next to his patrol car when he was shot.

A police spokesman said the officer apparently did not discharge his weapon.

Reaves was hired by the Norfolk Police Department in September of 2004. He graduated from the Norfolk Police Academy in March of this year. Officer Reaves was assigned to the First Patrol Division, Blue Sector at the time of his death.

Porter is described as a black male in his mid-20s, between 6’0&uot; and 6’2&uot; tall, weighing 200 to 240 pounds. He was last seen wearing a brown knit cap, a brown hooded sweatshirt and tan sweat pants.

Reaves was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the City of Baltimore Police Department for 11 years. He also served in the Norfolk Police Department for one year.

Survivors include his wife, Treva Rose Reaves; a daughter, Reagan Reaves; a son, Ryan Reaves; his parents, Lula Pearl Reaves of Greenville and Comous Reaves of Baltimore, Md.; and two sisters, Christa Blackwell of Crofton, Md. and Kimberly Blackwell of Middle River, Md.

A candlelight service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Rosewood Kellum Funeral Home, 601 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach. The family will receive friends following the service until 9 p.m. Viewing will start at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Calvary Revival Church, 5833 Poplar Hall Drive, Norfolk, by the Rev. Dr. Anderson Foreman Jr. Interment will follow at the family cemetery in Windsor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a scholarship fund for Reagan and Ryan Reaves. Friends may send tributes to