Lieutenant Sears was shot and killed after he and two special officers responded to a disturbance call on Papin Street. When they arrived Lieutenant Sears remained in the patrol car as the two officers went inside. After hearing shots fired the officers ran out of the house and located Lieutenant Sears in the vehicle with six gunshot wounds. The suspect was apprehended nearby and stated he had shot Lieutenant Sears when he ordered the man to stop. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to be hanged. Lieutenant Sears had been with the agency for 34 years and was survived by his wife and son.