Patrolman Norvell Ray

Patrolman Norvell Ray

East St. Louis Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, January 25, 1958

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Norvell Ray

Patrolman Norvell Ray was shot and killed when he responded to a home where a man had just shot a woman. As Patrolman Ray stepped onto the home's porch he was shot in the head. He attempted to return to his patrol car but collapsed. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The 71-year-old suspect was taken into custody by other responding officers. He was convicted of Patrolman Ray's murder and sentenced to life in prison. He was denied clemency in 1962.

Patrolman Ray was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 79

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in Peace, Patrolman Ray. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 5, 2012

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