Date of Death:
Tour of Duty Ended May 29, 1956
May 29, 1956 (Tuesday)Years of Service:
On May 29, 1956 at 7:26 a.m., Deputy Sheriff Ray Westover was fatally shot at Navarre and Wynn Road after he stopped a stolen car carrying three men.
Deputy Sheriff Westover was carrying out his assigned duties wherein he was checking on school buses. He responded to a call for assistance by State Highway Patrolman Robert Newell who was in pursuit of a stolen vehicle.
Upon stopping the suspect vehicle, three suspects were detained. Patrolman Newell and Deputy Sheriff Westover searched two of the men, as the third man ducked into the car and grabbed a Luger pistol. He ran around the car and Deputy Sheriff Westover pursued. The suspect, later identified as John Bowens, fired one shot, killing Deputy Sheriff Ray Westover.
Bowens then fled the scene in the stolen vehicle and struck two pedestrians. Ann Martin was killed as she assisted a blind man across the street. The man was severely injured.
Bowens was subsequently arrested and charged with the killing of Deputy Sheriff Ray Westover.
Deputy Sheriff Westover was survived by his wife Dorothy and children Ray Calvin, Robert, Bruce and Cheryl.