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Deputy Ronald E. Ludlow | Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California


Ronald E. Ludlow

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, August 13, 1965

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's shotgun

Offender: Convicted of manslaughter

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Deputy Ronald Ludlow was shot and killed during the Watts Riots.

Deputy Ludlow and other deputies were attempting to disperse a crowd from a liquor store that had been looted and set on fire. Shots were fired at the deputies as they attempted to protect the store. A car pulled up to the store and another deputy pointed his shotgun at a suspect in the car while ordering the car to leave the area. The suspect grabbed the barrel of the shotgun and was able to take it away from the deputy. The suspect then fired the shotgun, hitting Deputy Ludlow in the stomach.

Deputy Ludlow was placed in a patrol car and died while being transported to a local hospital. Deputy Ludlow was the first fatality of the Watts Riots. As a result of the riots, the Los Angeles Police Department formed the world's first modern-day SWAT team.

Deputy Ludlow was survived by his wife and two children.

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Hi Laurie, my name is Vicki and I was your dad's half sister. I was contacted the night your dad passed. I always wanted to know my brothers, never got a chance. If you would like to know about our dad Clyde please contact me. Our dad was my hero. I know your dad was a highly decorated officer and a great man. I hope to hear from you. Vicki Ludlow Kaufman.

Vicki Ludlow Kaufman
half sister
June 24, 2015


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