On Monday May 15, 1972, Somerset Police Officer Roy L. Stout, age 31, was killed in the line of duty as the result of an accidental discharge while attempting to gain control of his service revolver.
Having completed almost six years of service, Officer Stout had performed his duties in an outstanding manner and was a credit to his family, the Police Department, and the Town of Somerset.
Officer Stout was appointed as a Patrolman in July 1966. During his time on the force, Officer Stout received commendations for effective police work and had taken several courses in relation to his work for the department.
According to former Chief of Police John O. Soares, “Officer Stout was a most dedicated and qualified police officer and served the department and the town with distinction for almost six years. His presence will be greatly missed by all members of the force. It is with deep regret that all members of the Police Force extend their condolences to Officer Stout’s family.” Officer Stout left behind his wife Catherine and three children ages; six, four and three.
Retired Somerset Police Captain James F. McIntyre, stated that “Officer Stout was a top notch example of a police officer. He was well dressed; the image that he projected was that he was an excellent police officer. He was always spotless; a spit and polish kind of person, and well disciplined from the service. He was well liked by the youth because he mingled with them.”
Be it forever known, on behalf of the entire Police Department and all Somerset residents, we extend our deepest regret and condolences to the family and friends of Officer Roy Stout.