Officer Raymond Leroy Wheeler

Officer Raymond Leroy Wheeler

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, November 6, 1973

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Raymond Leroy Wheeler

Officer Raymond Wheeler was shot and killed while he and his partner searched three juvenile suspects in parking lot of the juvenile detention center. During the search one of the juveniles produced a .22 caliber handgun and opened fire. Officer Wheeler jumped in front of his partner and was struck in the head.

The suspect attempted to flee but was captured. Officer Wheeler was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound early the next morning. The 17 year-old suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison November 29, 1974.

Officer Wheeler was a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran. He had served with the agency for one year and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, November 5, 1973
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

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Leroy was one of the more interesting people that I've had the good fortune to know during my life. It seems like only yesterday he was showing me his Americal Division Vietnam Service book. We often talked in the lobby of the Green Hills Theatre where I worked and he visited as he knew or was related to many that worked there. Now, more than ever, I appreciate what a unique manly man that he was. May God hold Leroy close.

Robert Meacham

April 30, 2019

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