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.


  • 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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Heartbreaking for the family. A hero indeed and sounded like an amazing man. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family.

M Miller
Saw this on DOC tribute

August 23, 2019

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