Officer Ronald Manfred Wood

Officer Ronald Manfred Wood

West Jordan Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Monday, November 18, 2002

Ronald Manfred Wood

Officer Ronald Wood was shot and killed by a 16-year-old boy after a short foot pursuit at approximately 7:45 am.

The boy was wanted for several robberies and police had been looking for him for several days. His father had informed police of the boy's whereabouts and that he had a gun. Officer Wood spotted the suspect near South Street and West Street and chased him a short distance. The boy opened fire, striking Officer Wood in the head. After shooting Officer Wood, the suspect attempted to carjack two vehicles but was unsuccessful. He was chased into a nearby park by other officers and committed suicide after a detective fired at him.

Officer Wood was flown to University Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds three hours later.

In August 2003, residents of West Jordan dedicated a newly constructed five-field baseball complex as "The Ron Wood Baseball Park."

Officer Wood had served with the West Jordan Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 39
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Motor 72

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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