Chief of Police Woodrow Wilson Whetstone

Chief of Police Woodrow Wilson Whetstone

Junction City Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Monday, December 26, 1960

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Woodrow Wilson Whetstone

Chief Whetstone was shot and killed when several parties in a domestic disturbance arrived at his house looking for assistance. A woman and her boyfriend had been confronted by the woman's husband and they went to Chief Whetstone's home while he was there on his lunch break. While at the scene the husband arrived and shot and killed both Chief Whetstone and the boyfriend. He then shot and wounded the wife.

On February 15, 1961, the 45-year-old suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life. He received an additional 10 years for shooting his wife.

Chief Whetstone had served with the Junction City Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, two children, and two grandchildren.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 825

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace Chief of Police Whetstone.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 31, 2020

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