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Patrolman Ralph K. Ghivizzani | Hampton Police Department, Virginia Hampton Police Department, Virginia


Ralph K. Ghivizzani

Hampton Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, February 6, 1943

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: Not available

Badge # 3

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed suicide

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Patrolman Ralph Ghivizzani was shot and killed while investigating a report of a domestic disturbance at approximately 1:00 am.

A young boy came to the police station and informed the desk officer that his father was at home waiting for his mother to return, at which time he was going to kill her. When Patrolman Ghivizzani arrived on the scene he was shot in the head by the suspect.

The man held other officers at bay for several hours before committing suicide.

Patrolman Ghivizzani was a was survived by his wife.

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Today, 71 years after his sacrifice, “A” Shift honors Patrolman Ralph Ghivizzani by dedicating our watch to him. God bless you, R.I.P. brother.

Sgt. Jason Slaughter
Radford City Police Department
February 6, 2014


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