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Chief of Police Melvin Ray Lucas | Milton Police Department, West Virginia Milton Police Department, West Virginia

Chief of Police

Melvin Ray Lucas

Milton Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch: Friday, August 4, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Chief Lucas was shot and killed while he and a local constable attempted to serve warrants at a local residence on a man and his son for assaulting a police officer. As Chief Lucas attempted to subdue the father, when he resisted arrest, his 23 year-old son shot him in his legs with a shotgun. Chief Lucas bled to death before help arrived.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison December 21, 1972.

Chief Lucas had served with the Milton Police Department for five years and had previously served with the Jacksonville Beach Police Department in Florida and was a Korean War Veteran. He was survived by his wife, daughter and two sons.

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Dad, 43 years ago you were taken from us. I love you and miss you. You will always be in my heart and soul.

Timothy Ray Lucas
August 4, 2015


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