Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 2 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 4/16/1931
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: One shot and killed
Patrolman Ralph Castner was killed during a shoot out. Patrolman Castner and the Bowling Green Police Chief were involved in a shoot out with Pretty Boy Floyd’s gang on South Prospect Street. The suspects were attempting to get away in their vehicle when Patrolman Castner and the Police Chief gave chase. The Chief stood on the running board of the patrol car with Patrolman Castner driving.
During the pursuit, the gun battle continued and Patrolman Castner was shot. He died from his wounds one week later. One of the suspects was also shot and killed in the shootout.
Patrolman Castner was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Bowling Green, Wood County, Ohio.
Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd and members of his gang were responsible for the murders of several law enforcement officers.
Officer Harland Manes of the Akron, Ohio, Police Department was shot and killed on March 9, 1930, while investigating an accident involving one of the gang members. Patrolman Ralph Castner of the Bowling Green, Ohio, Police Department was shot and killed on April 16, 1931, while attempting to arrest members of the gang. Special Agent Curtis Burke of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, was shot and killed on July 22, 1931, while serving a federal search warrant on Pretty Boy Floyd in Kansas City, Missouri.