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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Sgt. Dickson, thank you for recognizing Det. West for giving his all to save an innocent child. I remember that Christ said " What you do to the least of these of these, you do to Me" Thank you again for letting us know about one of Odessa's finest.

Larry Webb former resident

April 15, 2020

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