Deputy Sheriff Ray Westover

Deputy Sheriff Ray Westover

Lucas County Sheriff's Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, May 29, 1956

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Ray Westover

Deputy Westover was shot and killed as he and a state trooper searched three men they had stopped in a stolen vehicle. The trooper shot the one suspect as Deputy Westover's killer fled in the car, leaving his two companions behind.

The suspect fled into Toledo, where he lost control of the vehicle as he attempted to swerve around a police roadblock in front of St. Charles Hospital. Just before he crashed, he struck and killed a 19-year-old woman and seriously injured a blind man she was helping cross the street.

The 35-year-old suspect who shot Deputy Westover was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was commuted to life in 1972 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled all death sentences unconstitutional.

Deputy Westover had served with the Lucas County Sheriff's Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Luger
  • Offender Sentenced to life

stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Deputy Sheriff Ray Westover of the Lucas County Sheriff's Department, Ohio and the additional 70 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 29, 2023

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