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Police Officer Alan Matthew Ragsdale | Hohenwald Police Department, Tennessee Hohenwald Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer

Alan Matthew Ragsdale

Hohenwald Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Monday, November 27, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # 115

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Ragsdale was shot and killed while responding to a silent burglary alarm at a local motorcycle dealership.

Officer Ragsdale had parked his cruiser in the rear of the building and had walked around the entire building to verify all of the doors were secured. As he walked passed the store front he spotted the suspect who immediately fired three shots, striking Officer Ragsdale once. The round struck him in the armpit area where his vest did not offer protection. Officer Ragsdale was flown to a Nashville hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The 18-year-old suspect fled the scene when other officers arrived, but was captured later in the day and charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and burglary. On August 23, 2002, the suspect plead guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Officer Ragsdale had been an officer with the 12-officer Hohenwald Police Department for 18 months, and is survived by his wife, son, and two stepchildren.

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I can't believe it's going on 16 yrs since that awful night that shattered the lives of so many. In 9 days your son will graduate with a degree in social work. You would be so proud of him, he has worked and gone to school. Hasn't been an easy road for him but he is about to finally get his degree. It will be a bittersweet day because you will not be here to give him a hug and tell him how proud you are of him! I know you will be with us in spirit! You are missed so much! My love for you is as great as when you left that night and didn't return home! Until the day we are reunited, love you BIG Alan!!!

Shelly Ragsdale
Surviving spouse of Officer Alan Ragsdale EOW 11-27-00
April 28, 2016


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