Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 9 years, 6 months
Badge # 1140
Cause: Automobile accident
Incident Date: 4/20/2005
Weapon: Not available
Suspect: Convicted or murder
Trooper Ralph Tatoian was killed when his patrol car struck the back of a truck on I-44, west of St. Louis, Missouri, at approximately 0430 hours.
The trooper was responding to search for a person suspected of shooting a sheriff's deputy in Gasconade County. Trooper Tatoian's patrol car slammed into the back of the tractor trailer, which was pulled partially off of the highway to assist with a previous accident.
The suspect who had shot the sheriff's deputy was convicted of second degree murder in connection with Trooper Tatoian's death.
Trooper Tatoian had served with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for 9.5 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.