Deputy Richard D. Westwood

Deputy Richard D. Westwood

Died on:  

September 5, 1929

Age 65
Grand County Sheriff’s Office
Homicide: Handgun

Deputy Westwood was shot to death during the escape of two prisoners from the Grand County Jail. The 65-year-old victim and another officer arrested two men for possession of stolen property. The suspects were placed in the unstaffed jail. Several hours later, Deputy Westwood returned to the jail alone. He was shot with a .32-caliber pistol the men had managed to conceal from the officers. The two suspects escaped but were recaptured, tried, and convicted. One of the men died in prison in 1963. The other was paroled. Deputy Westwood was married, the father of 12 children, and is buried in Grand Valley Cemetery, Moab. His bronze name plaque is sponsored by Alan and Jean Hall.

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