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Sergeant James Ryan, Sr. | Danville Police Department, Kentucky Danville Police Department, Kentucky


James Ryan, Sr.

Danville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Monday, November 4, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 64

Tour: 26 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/3/1968

Weapon: Rifle; Automatic

Offender: Acquitted

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Sergeant Ryan succumbed to gunshot wounds received the previous night while responding to a burglary call with another officer on South Fourth Street. The officers encountered a man with an automatic rifle. The suspect opened fire, striking Sergeant Ryan six times. He was transported to Ephraim McDowell Memorial Hospital where he died the following day.

A 36-year-old suspect was later arrested, tried, and acquitted.

Sergeant Ryan, who was scheduled to retire two months later, was survived by his son, who was also a member of the agency at the time of the shooting.

Sergeant Ryan had served with the Danville Police Department for 26 years. He was survived by his son, two sisters, and five grandchildren. He was buried in Bellevue Cemetery.

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