Date of Birth: June 23, 1929
Date Appointed: December 22, 1958
End of Watch: April 25, 1980
Officer Eugene Luther was killed in an abortive robbery attempt while off duty on April 25, 1980.
Officer Luther was leaving a north area restaurant at about 10 p.m. When he reached his car in the parking lot and opened the car door, he was confronted by an armed subject who demanded all of his money. In an effort to protect himself, Officer Luther drew a small caliber handgun; however, the suspect fired first. Officer Luther was able to return fire and it is believed he may have struck the suspect. Officer Luther died at the scene.
Despite an exhaustive investigation, no one has ever been prosecuted for Officer Luther's murder.