Officer Timothy Ryan

Officer Timothy Ryan

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, February 11, 1943

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Timothy Ryan

Officer Timothy Ryan was shot and killed as he responded to a domestic dispute call. The suspect had been drinking heavily for a week after hearing his 17-year old son had been lost at sea in World War II. The suspect threatened to kill his ex-wife and she called the police. When Officer Ryan entered the suspect's apartment, the suspect fired without saying a word, striking him in the stomach.

Two officers who responded to the shooting call where met with gunfire by the suspect. Both officers returned fire, striking the suspect. The suspect then leaned over Officer Ryan's body put a gun to the officer's head and fired killing him. The suspect died from his gunshot wounds.

Officer Ryan had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his pregnant wife, son and daughter.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 196

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

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To the Family of Officer Ryan,

I was a couple of months shy of 5 years old when Officer Ryan was killed. My father was an SFFD firefighter and when I got a little older he told me how Tim had been shot and killed. My father knew Tim and his wife and I began to comprehend the impact of Tim's death. It was very disturbing to my young mind but I never forgot it.

Recently I found this Memorial Page and decided to look up Officer Ryan and found this opportunity to post a reflection.

In thinking of your relative, I can remember some of the thoughts and feelings that I experienced so long ago. They were unsettling and I wanted at that time to somehow fix it so Officer Ryan would have survived. This of course, was my childhood thought process and not reality. The sadness of his family's loss lingered and even today there are tinges of memory that bring sorrow to my heart.

I am a retired law enforcement officer and have been to several funerals of fallen officers. It is always an emotional event for me to reflect on the stark reality of what is involved in serving in such a worthy profession.

I have read the posted comments from some of you, his family and commend you for keeping Tim's memory alive. God bless you for your faithfulness.

Jim Dowling (Retired)
California Highway Patrol

June 21, 2019

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