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Police Officer Ronald D. Seymore | Bellefonte Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania Bellefonte Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Ronald D. Seymore

Bellefonte Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 19, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Seymore was shot and killed by a man who had been served an injunction by the county sheriff to stop operating an illegal garbage dump earlier in the day. The suspect became enraged and threatened to kill law enforcement officers. As he drove by Officer Seymore and an auxiliary officer as they were directing traffic in front of the Centre County Courthouse he opened fire on them, killing Officer Seymore and seriously wounding the auxiliary officer. Officer Seymore had arrested the suspect the previous day for assault and battery resulting from an argument about the dump.

The suspect was arrested a short time later 50 miles away on I-80 after a police chase. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on June 23, 1972. He died in prison on December 2, 2000.

Officer Seymore was survived by his five young children.

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I didn't know Officer Seymore. I was 7 years old and attending the catholic school there when he was killed. Being a temporary transplant from Alabama, I enjoyed my couple of years in Bellefonte. But, this incident was probably the first time I was exposed to tragedy, and the first time I ever considered bad guys could do bad things to the good guys. He was the "dad" to one of my classmates, and while I didn't know him....I remember the heartbreak we all felt trying to understand and trying to help our friend (Officer Seymore's daughter) find a way to get through the tragic loss. I still feel that sadness for my "friend" today when I think of Bellefonte. I hope life has been kind since then, and I hope they have found some peace. Thank you for your service Officer Seymore.

Paul Gore
November 5, 2015

 

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