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Chief of Police Ralph Richard Ash | Swea City Police Department, Iowa Swea City Police Department, Iowa

Chief of Police

Ralph Richard Ash

Swea City Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Saturday, August 8, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Sentenced to 5 years

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Chief Ash was struck and killed by a vehicle while setting up a roadblock at 0515 hours. A burglary suspect, who had been chased into Iowa by Minnesota authorities, attempted to run the roadblock and crashed into Chief Ash's patrol car, killing him instantly.

The suspect was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 5 years in Anamosa Prison January 25, 1982.

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Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo
August 8, 2016

 

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