Police Officer Merlin Ray

Police Officer Merlin Ray

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, July 17, 1927

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Merlin Ray

Officer Ray, a student police officer, was shot and killed near his home when he attempted to take action during a robbery attempt while off duty.

He and several friends were walking home when a suspect attempted to rob them at the intersection of Oakland and Chandler Streets. Officer Ray was shot when he attempted to draw his service weapon. He was transported to Receiving Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officer Ray was to be made a regular patrolman the next day. He was survived by his brother, a Detroit police officer, who was assigned to the Bethune Station.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, July 15, 1927
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

off duty, robbery attempt

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 86th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater

January 10, 2013

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