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 while attempting to arrest three men who were driving two stolen vehicles. One of the men shot Deputy Westover with a concealed weapon.

The suspects then fled into Toledo where they were arrested after striking a 18-year-old girl and a blind man she was assisting. The girl was killed and the blind man was seriously injured.

The 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 agency for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Deputy Sheriff Ray Westover of the Lucas County Sheriff's Department, Ohio and the additional 59 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

May 30, 2018

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