Correctional Officer Paul W. Rast

Correctional Officer Paul W. Rast

Arizona Department of Corrections, Arizona

End of Watch Sunday, September 7, 1975

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Paul W. Rast

Correctional Officer Paul Rast was fatally injured when he was strangled and beaten by two juvenile inmates at the Adobe Mountain Juvenile Facility.

Officer Rast was attacked after he had gone to the inmates' cottage to see why they had not reported for a work detail. He died in a Phoenix hospital two days later.

The inmates, ages 15 and 17, were charged with voluntary manslaughter. On February 4th, 1976, the charges were dismissed due to a lack of evidence.

Both inmates had very lengthy records that included robbery, auto theft, burglary, assault, and shoplifting. The 15-year-old had also fatally stabbed another youth.

Officer Raft was survived by his wife and two sons.

Bio

  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Friday, September 5, 1975
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Charges dismissed

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Your assailants may have escaped justice here on earth but they will surely face a higher justice at a different time in a different place. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice will always be remembered.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 29, 2020

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