Detective Willis Henry Gravell

Detective Willis Henry Gravell

Oro Valley Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Tuesday, March 28, 1989

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Willis Henry Gravell

Detective Gravell was shot and killed while questioning a possible illegal immigrant from Mexico. During the questioning he requested backup. When the backup arrived they located Detective Gravell's body with two gunshot wounds in the chest.

Detective Gravell had served in law enforcement for 25 years and had previously served with the Dallas, Texas, Police Department and Boulder County, Colorado, Sheriff's Department. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge V42

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender No suspects identified

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Bill was one of the great men from my childhood who taught me service and sacrifice. I think if he and kathy often and miss him dearly.

Walt Smith
County Commissioner/Cousin

July 11, 2020

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