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 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 December 21, 1972.

Chief Lucas had served with the Milton Police Department for five years and had previously served with the Jacksonville Beach Police Department in Florida and was a Korean War Veteran. 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

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 4, 2020

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