Officer Raymond Leroy Wheeler

Officer Raymond Leroy Wheeler

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, November 6, 1973

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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Thanks you for your service and sacrifice. Tonight, 40 years after your murder, "A" Shift dedicates our watch to you. R.I.P. brother.

Sgt. J.L. Slaughter
Radford Police Department, VA

November 6, 2013

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