Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 25 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 1/5/2011
Weapon: Officer's handgun
Suspect: Charged with aggravated murder
Chief Ralph Painter was shot and killed after responding to a local car stereo shop on Rock Crest Street in which a man was attempting to take a car that did not belong to him.
When Chief Painter made contact with the man a struggle ensued. The subject was able to disarm and fatally shoot him. The man then exchanged shots with responding officers before being wounded and taken into custody. He was charged with aggravated murder.
Chief Painter had served with the agency for 25 years and is survived by his wife and seven children.