Lieutenant Ray R. "Joe" Clark

Lieutenant Ray R. "Joe" Clark

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, February 7, 1981

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Ray R. "Joe" Clark

Lieutenant Clark was shot and killed from ambush while standing in the kitchen of his home in the 400 block of Dodd's Run Road, in Marietta. He was struck by a shotgun blast that was fired through his kitchen window.

The case remained unsolved until September 16th, 2014, when a former Washington County sheriff's deputy was arrested and charged with Lieutenant Clark's murder. The subject had been fired by Lieutenant Clark in December 1979 for using excessive force while on duty.

On October 20th, 2015, a jury was unable to render a verdict and was declared deadlocked. The subject was retried and found guilty of murder on March 11th, 2016. He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison with the eligibility for parole after 15 years. He died in prison on March 18th, 2017. On August 9th, 2017, the offender's conviction was upheld posthumously during the appeal process.

Lieutenant Clark had served with the Washington County Sheriff's Office for 14 years. He was survived by his wife, son, stepdaughter, sister, brother and parents.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 270

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Died in prison

at home, revenge

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Rest in Peace Lt Clark! I visited the Officer Down Memorial Page today to leave a reflection for my brother ( Patrick Stephen Runyon) and I came upon the reflection page for Lt Clark. While it is heartbreaking to see all the names and ranks of all of these brave men and women in blue it hit me really hard when I read this one. You see I lost my own brother to gunfire while in the line of duty on the exact day and Year as Lt Clark. The next coincidence is that Lt Clark was from Ohio. My whole family is from Ohio , although my brother Pat was living and working in Nueces County Texas at the time of his death.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Lt Clark. I was pleased to see that although it took many many years, that there was finally a conviction in his senseless death.
Rest In Peace Lt Clark !

Sister to Patrick Stephen Runyon

February 7, 2019

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