Chief of Police Ralph Richard Ash

Chief of Police Ralph Richard Ash

Swea City Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Saturday, August 8, 1981

Ralph Richard Ash

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.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years

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Sgt. Jim Russo

August 8, 2016

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