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Patrolman Ralph Hiram Castner | Bowling Green Police Department, Ohio Bowling Green Police Department, Ohio


Ralph Hiram Castner

Bowling Green Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Thursday, April 23, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/16/1931

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: One shot and killed

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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.

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Officer Harland F. Manes
Akron Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch: Sunday, March 9, 1930
Cause: Gunfire

Special Agent Curtis C. Burks
United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Prohibition, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Wednesday, July 22, 1931
Cause: Gunfire

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instead of the gang driving away they were walking and floyd got away in A car

Anastasia Researcher
March 9, 2015


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