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Deputy Sheriff Thad Dewitt West | Ector County Sheriff's Office, Texas Ector County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Thad Dewitt West

Ector County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, February 27, 1958

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Thad West was shot and killed while investigating reports of a couple attempting to sell a 4-month-old baby at 511 North Dotsy Avenue.

When Deputy West arrived at the apartment, the male subject opened the door and immediately began firing, fatally wounding him. The subject fled but was later shot and killed when officers attempted to arrest him.

Deputy West had only served with the Ector County Sheriff's Office for one month. He had previously served with the Odessa Police Department for 4-1/2 years and as a U.S. Army military policeman for 4-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

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UPDATE 11-2-2016

Deputy West's name will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on May 13th, 2017. Approx. 59 years after his death.

richard v dickson
Ector County Sheriff's Office
November 3, 2016


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