Eric DeValkenaere

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Service Record

Kansas City Missouri Police Department

Rank Detective
Dates of Service Hired September 1999[1]
Last Known Status Suspended without pay pending termination[2]

Commendations

2010 Department Life-Saving Award

On September 23, 2010, DeValkenaere received the Life-Saving Award for saving a youth from drowning while off-duty.[3]

Incident Reports

2019 Death of Cameron Lamb

Eric DeValkenaere booking photo
Eric DeValkenaere

Response Timeline

On June 18, 2020, DeValkenaere was charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action, the first time a Kansas City law enforcement officer has been charged in a fatal shooting.[4][5][6]

On June 18, 2020, the department stated that DeValkenaere had been suspended.[7]

In January 2021, DeValkenaere returned to the department, on administrative duty.[8]

In June 2021, Lamb's family sued the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners and DeValkenaere, accusing them of violating Lamb’s civil rights.[4]

On November 19, 2021, DeValkenaere was convicted of a lesser charge of second degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action. In a bench trial, the judge focused on the officers' right to be on the property before the shooting.[9]

On November 19, 2021, DeValkenaere was suspended without pay pending termination.[2]

On March 4, 2022, DeValkenaere was sentenced to three years for involuntary manslaughter and six years for armed criminal action with the sentences to run concurrently. DeValkenaere was freed on bond during the appeal process.[10]

On June 26, 2023, the state Attorney General filed a brief requesting that the conviction be overturned, stating that the "evidence credited by the trial court did not support the convictions".[11]

On October 17, 2023, the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld DeValkenaere's conviction.[12]

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