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Captain Ralph Vester Braden | Wartburg Police Department, Tennessee Wartburg Police Department, Tennessee

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Ralph Vester Braden

Wartburg Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Monday, May 2, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 58

Tour: 22 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 4/22/2011

Weapon: Person

Suspect: In custody

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Captain Ralph Braden succumbed to injuries sustained 10 days earlier while attempting to arrest a male subject at the scene of a domestic dispute.

He was seriously injured while struggling with the subject after the man attempted to escape out of a window. The subject was able to flee the scene but was arrested 14 hours later.

Captain Braden was transported to a local hospital where he remained in ICU until succumbing to the injuries.

The subject is facing charges in connection with Captain Braden's murder.

Captain Braden had served with the Wartburg Police Department for 22 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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I will be riding in your honor for the 2012 Police Unity Tour. You are a true hero and I want to thank you for protecting us and paying the ultimate sacrifice. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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May 9, 2012

 

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