Police Officer Ralph W. Ogan

Police Officer Ralph W. Ogan

Grinnell Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Wednesday, November 13, 1963

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Ralph W. Ogan

Police Officer Ralph Ogan was shot and killed while checking on a business at 801 Main Street at 5:45 am.

While on patrol he observed a vehicle parked across the street from a business with a broken window. He approached the vehicle and spoke with the occupants. After a brief conversation, the rear passenger side suspect began to exit the vehicle. As Officer Ogan walked around the rear of the vehicle to confront this suspect he was shot twice in the upper torso.

The suspect and his accomplices were apprehended and sentenced to prison. The shooter was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment and died in prison ten years to the day of the murder.

Officer Ogan was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and had served with the Grinnell Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison


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I love how our community of Grinnell continues to honor Officer Ogan all these years later. We’ve even named a stretch of road in town after him. RIP Officer Ogan and thank you for your service and sacrifice. Prayers to his family.

Robyn Berardo
Iowa department of Corrections

January 20, 2022

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