Patrolman Ronald R. Ebeltoft

Patrolman Ronald R. Ebeltoft

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, June 6, 1981

Ronald R. Ebeltoft

Patrolman Ronald Ebeltoft and Patrolman Harry Tiffany were shot and killed after responding to a dispute between two neighbors over the placement of a rose bush. During the dispute one of the men assaulted the other. As both officers were standing outside of the suspect's home the man snuck up behind them and opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle, killing them both.

A SWAT sniper later shot and killed the suspect.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1344

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Semi-automatic
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Ron was a good friend. We were both in the 92nd academy and veterans. He car pooled with me everyday. He had been in the Navy and was assigned to RPB's. That was our connection. I was in a Marine Recon unit and knew Ron. It was a real coincidence.

I was not on duty that day but I was heart broken upon hearing of the circumstances of that fateful day. I never talked to that female sergeant again.

RIP Ron. May be gone but definitely not forgotten!

William "Bill" Cardwell
SDPD #2565

July 2, 2015

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