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Officer Ronald Sheffield | United States General Services Administration - Federal Protective Service, U.S. Government United States General Services Administration - Federal Protective Service, U.S. Government

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Ronald Sheffield

United States General Services Administration - Federal Protective Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Friday, September 21, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: Not available

Badge # 1380

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Michigan

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 30 years

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Officer Ronald Sheffield was shot and killed while responding to a call for a man with a gun at the metal detectors at the McNamara Federal Building in Detroit, Michigan.

Security at the building had been increased dramatically in the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York City and the Pentagon. The subject, who had been waiting in line to go through the security area, pulled a .357 caliber handgun from his bag and shot Officer Sheffield when he attempted to approach him.

Other officers returned fire and wounded the subject before taking him into custody. The building housed several federal law enforcement agencies.

On March 21st, 2003, the killer was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison with no possibility of parole.

Officer Sheffield was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He is survived by his two daughters.

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Was here leaving a message for another officers family and took a moment to find Ron. I was honored to call you a friend and have the opportunity to hang out and spend time together with you and Mary and Jeff. Your funeral was the first Officer Funeral I've ever attended.... sadly it was not the last. I remember being at work when this tragedy occurred and as soon as we heard that there'd been a shooting in the building, we somehow knew it had been you. You were so intent on protecting people it never surprised me that you would make that sacrifice to save others. I think often of your girls and hope that they remember only the best of times with you. I also think its important to know that the man who killed you died in prison not but a few years ago.... he never saw the outside again and it feels like justice finally somehow. I always feel like Jeff has an extra set of eyes protecting him every day with you watching over him. Please continue to keep him safe.

Danielle Bare
Spouse of a Detroit Police Officer
December 6, 2016

 

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