Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 2 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 3/6/1973
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Shot and killed
Deputy Ratliff was shot and killed while after stopping a Clintwood police officer after receiving reports that the officer was driving drunk while in uniform.
The officer was pulled over by Deputy Ratliff on McClure Street. As the two men spoke while standing outside of their vehicles another deputy pulled up and exited his patrol car with gun drawn. Shooting ensued in which Deputy Ratliff and the Clintwood officer were both shot and killed.
Deputy Ratliff had served with the Dickenson County Sheriff's Office for 2 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.
Deputy Ratliff's third cousin, Officer J. Wesley Moore, was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 27, 1944, while serving with the Clendenin Police Department, West Virginia.
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Police Officer J. Wesley Moore