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Lieutenant Ray R. Washington County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

Lieutenant

Ray R. "Joe" Clark

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, February 7, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 270

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Lieutenant Clark was shot and killed from ambush while standing in the kitchen of his home in the 400 block of Dodd's Run Road, in Marietta. He was struck by a shotgun blast that was fired through his kitchen window.

The case remained unsolved until September 16th, 2014, when a former Washington County sheriff's deputy was arrested and charged with Lieutenant Clark's murder. The subject had been fired by Lieutenant Clark in December 1979 for using excessive force while on duty.

On October 20th, 2015, a jury was unable to render a verdict and was declared deadlocked. The subject was retried and found guilty of murder on March 11th, 2016. He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison with the eligibility for parole after 15 years.

Lieutenant Clark had served with the Washington County Sheriff's Office for 14 years. He was survived by his wife, son, stepdaughter, sister, brother and parents.

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RIP Lt. Clark. Glad your family and coworkers finally received justice.

SA Ellen Pierson
DHS
March 15, 2016

 

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