Deputy Marshal Ernest C. Gray

Deputy Marshal Ernest C. Gray

Willoughby Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, July 16, 1919

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Ernest C. Gray

Deputy Marshal Ernest Gray was shot and killed, and two men who were assisting him were severely wounded when they attempted to arrest two brothers in a stolen vehicle.

The suspects, ages 19 and 20, opened fire as the three approached them. Deputy Gray and both men were unarmed.

The two suspects were arrested by a posse after the incident. The older brother was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on December 12, 1919. He was paroled on August 1, 1931. His brother was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to an indeterminate term in prison. He was paroled on July 1, 1932.

Deputy Marshal Gray was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1931

arrest attempt

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Deputy Marshal Ernest C. Gray of the Willoughby Police Department, Ohio and the additional 82 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

July 16, 2022

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