Patrolman Ross D. Flavel

Patrolman Ross D. Flavel

Lewiston Police Department, Idaho

End of Watch Thursday, January 13, 1972

Ross D. Flavel

Patrolman Ross Flavel was killed when a bomb exploded after he responded to the scene of a robbery. A suspect had called a pharmacy owner at home stating he needed a prescription filled as an emergency. When the store owner arrived the suspect told him he had a bomb and ordered the pharmacist to give him drugs. The pharmacist's wife called police and responding officers took the man into custody. As Patrolman Flavel bent down to examine an object at the scene, the item exploded and killed him. The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Flavel's murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Flavel had served with the Lewiston police Department for one year. He was preceded in death by his wife and survived by his parents, brother, and grandfather.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Bomb
  • Weapon Explosives; Bomb
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer Flavel, on this 44th anniversary of your tragic murder, I wish to wish you eternal peace with the love of your life and thank you for your service.

God Bless, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

January 13, 2016

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