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Deputy Sheriff Ray Westover | Lucas County Sheriff's Department, Ohio Lucas County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

Deputy Sheriff

Ray Westover

Lucas County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 29, 1956

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Westover was shot and killed while attempting to arrest three men who were driving two stolen vehicles. One of the men shot Deputy Westover with a concealed weapon.

The suspects then fled into Toledo where they were arrested after striking a 18-year-old girl and a blind man she was assisting. The girl was killed and the blind man was seriously injured.

The suspect who shot Deputy Westover was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was commuted to life in 1972 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled all death sentences unconstitutional.

Deputy Westover had served with the agency for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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Although I never got to meet you in person, I hold your memory in my heart as was passed on to me through your youngest sister (my Mom) Babe, who loved you so very, very much. I love you for being the wonderful man I've always heard so much about - and look forward to seeing you one day in heaven!

Denise
Niece
May 11, 2017

 

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