Police Officer James J. Ramp

Police Officer James J. Ramp

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, August 8, 1978

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James J. Ramp

Police Officer James Ramp was shot and killed during a standoff with a radical group known as MOVE.

A shootout resulted when Officer Ramp and several other officers tried to evict 12 adults and 11 children from their headquarters at 33rd and Pearl Streets. Officer Ramp was shot from the MOVE house while pushing someone else out of the line of fire. Four other officers, five firefighters, and three bystanders were also shot and wounded. All 12 adults were taken into custody.

Nine of the 12 were convicted of third-degree murder and sentenced to 30 to 100 years in prison. Two subjects died in prison on March 17th, 1998. All subjects were paroled by 2020.

Officer Ramp was a United States Marine Corps WWII and Korean War veteran who served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 23 years. He was survived by his wife and son.

He is in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 2989
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 to 100 years

eviction, terrorism

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He was also survived by a son, James Ramp, Jr. The last perp was paroled in 2020.



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{Former IRS agent}

February 11, 2023

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