Patrolman Tommy Ray

Patrolman Tommy Ray

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, April 20, 1973

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Tommy Ray

Patrolman Tommy Ray succumbed to gunshot wounds received one month earlier while responding to a burglary call at a supermarket at 1804 Dixie Highway.

A store owner had arrived to work and discovered the burglary. The suspect, however, was still inside and robbed the man after he called the police. Patrolman Ray was entering the store as the suspect attempted to flee and was shot twice by the suspect.

The suspect, 18, was tried and acquitted.

Patrolman Ray was survived by his daughter and three sons.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 499

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, March 17, 1973
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted


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Dear Grandpa,

I just found this page for you. I never knew you physically. Your memory lives on through the lives of your children and grandchildren. At 35 now I’ve experienced 8 more years than you ever did and I’m taken back by that realization.

Your passing left a hole in your family’s lives that will never be replaced. I wish my father and uncles could have gotten more time with you and my brother and sisters too. The trajectory of all our lives changed the day you got shot. I will hold on to the stories of you until the day I die and know some part of you carries on inside your descendants.

Gone but never forgotten. Love you Grandpa

Dr. Kyle Thomas Ray, DPT, PT

July 6, 2024

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