Deputy Sheriff Thad Dewitt West

Deputy Sheriff Thad Dewitt West

Ector County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, February 27, 1958

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Thad Dewitt West

Deputy Sheriff Thad West was shot and killed while investigating reports of a couple attempting to sell a 4-month-old baby at 511 North Dotsy Avenue.

When Deputy West arrived at the apartment, the male subject opened the door and immediately began firing, fatally wounding him. The subject fled but was later shot and killed when officers attempted to arrest him.

Deputy West had only served with the Ector County Sheriff's Office for one month. He had previously served with the Odessa Police Department for 4-1/2 years and as a U.S. Army military policeman for 4-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I’ll never forget the day that the animal McMichael was killed after cold bloodily gunning down an Ector County Deputy Sheriff . I was 12 years old at the time and scared to death that day. We lived on S. Monahans Street in Odessa, about two blocks away from the shootout and had been listening to reports on the radio about Detective West’s murder and the ensuing manhunt. My little sister and I were alone in our house that day as everyone else was at work....we were aware that the manhunt had moved into a neighborhood near the chemical plants. We lived across the road from the plants in South Odessa.
I’ll always remember Deputy Detective West as the hero he was. He was one of the reasons that I later became a police officer. I was with the Midland Police Department during the 60’s and 70’s.
May Thad West forever rest in the arms of All Mighty God.
He gave all he had to give....John 15:13 covers it so well... Greater love has no man than this: That a man lay down his life for his friends. Detective West took it one step further and laid down his life for a little one that he didn’t even know.

Jimmy Wilson
Former Midland Police Department Patrol Officeer

April 16, 2021

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