Police Officer Ira D. Raney

Police Officer Ira D. Raney

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, August 23, 1917

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Ira D. Raney

Police Officer Ira Raney, Police Officer Horace Moody, Police Officer Edwin Meinecke, Police Officer Daniel Patton, and Police Officer Rufus Daniels were shot and killed during race riots that started after the arrest of several black soldiers assigned to Camp Logan.

After being harassed by citizens, a large mob of soldiers stole rifles and went on a rampage, shooting and killing a total of 16 people throughout the city.

Over 100 soldiers were court-martialed after being taken into custody during the riots. Nineteen of them were sentenced to death and executed.

Officer Raney served with the Houston Police Department for less than four years. He was survived by his wife and several children. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 3 years, 11 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender 19 rioters executed


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Ira Raney was my great grandfather on my father, William Robert Raney's side. My mother, Bonny Montero, retired from HPD. Both my husband and I retired from HPD, and now my daughter, Ira's great great granddaughter, Elizabeth Lauren Scheibe Woodall and her husband are HPD officers serving the City of Houston. Ira's legacy of a life of service lives on. Elizabeth recently stood in for Ira during the 2021 Houston Police Memorial Ceremony, during the last roll call of all fallen officers. When Ira's name was called and Elizabeth stepped forward to represent him and our family, it was a very emotional moment for our family. Ira, thank-you for your services and God bless all those who helped your wife, my great grandmother, Pearl Hill Raney, take care of the eight children she was left to raise.

Sergeant Michele Raney Scheibe
Houston Police Department Sergeant

May 19, 2021

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