Police Officer Ralph Allen Ablanedo

Police Officer Ralph Allen Ablanedo

Austin Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, May 18, 1978

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Ralph Allen Ablanedo

Police Officer Ralph Ablanedo was shot and killed with an automatic rifle during a traffic stop in the 900 block of East Live Oak Street.

After ticketing the driver of the car, he began to run a check on the male passenger. During the check, the man opened fire with an AK-47, penetrating Officer Ablanedo's vest.

The suspect was arrested a short time later and was sentenced to death in 1999. The suspect was executed on June 15, 2010.

Officer Ablanedo served with the Austin Police Department for less than five and a half years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 6 years, 4 months
  • Badge 822

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AK-47
  • Offender Sentenced to death in 1999

traffic stop

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There's a street named after you that I have driven down every day for the last 6 years. I finally took the time to look up why a street was named after you and found this page, and other articles of you. My father is a police officer and has been in law enforcement for over 40 years. Reading about you hit really close to home. I feel blessed my dad has been kept safe all these years but my heart is heavy for your family and friends you left behind. I will pray for them and will forever think of you when I drive down the street named in your honor.


Erica Bergman
South Austin resident

November 10, 2022

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