Chief of Police Melvin Ray Lucas

Chief of Police Melvin Ray Lucas

Milton Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Friday, August 4, 1972

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Melvin Ray Lucas

Chief of Police Melvin Lucas was shot and killed while he and a local constable attempted to serve warrants at a local residence on a man and his son for assaulting a police officer. As Chief Lucas attempted to subdue the father, when he resisted arrest, his 23-year-old son shot him in his legs with a shotgun. Chief Lucas bled to death before help arrived.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on December 21, 1972.

Chief Lucas was a United States Army Korean War veteran who had served with the Milton Police Department for five years and had previously served with the Jacksonville Beach Police Department in Florida. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest attempt, warrant

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Chief Lucas,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 4, 2022

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