Police Sergeant Paul DeWeert
End of Watch: Sunday, October 8, 1967
Sergeant Paul DeWeert joined the Las Vegas Police Department in January of 1948, and was known by his fellow officers as "Pappy."
Sergeant DeWeert was shot and killed while off duty when he attempted to confront a drunk man two blocks from his home. The suspect, who was an ex-convict, turned and shot the unarmed officer. The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison.
Sergeant DeWeert spent only a short time in the Uniform Division before they recognized his talents and promoted to a detective. His personal file shows many citations and commendations for displaying outstanding efforts in solving some of the most puzzling crimes.
The popular, much loved "cops' cop" spent nearly his entire life serving either his country of his community. Sergeant DeWeert was a WWII veteran and had been with the agency for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.