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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Patrolman Ray,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Louisville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 20, 2023

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