Detective James Ratliff

Detective James Ratliff

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, December 30, 1969

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James Ratliff

Detective James Ratliff and Patrolman Donald Gaskin were shot and killed when they responded to a robbery call at a local grocery store at 2328 Osage Avenue.

Two suspects were inside the store when Patrolman Gaskin arrived at the scene. The suspect ordered the store clerk to open the door, and as Patrolman Gaskin entered, he was shot by the suspect.

Detective Ratliff and his partner arrived just as Patrolman Gaskin was shot. As the detectives ran for cover, another shot was fired and struck Detective Ratliff.

During an ensuing shootout, two other officers and the two suspects were wounded. Patrolman Gaskin succumbed to his wounds before reaching the hospital. Detective Ratliff succumbed to his injuries approximately five hours later during surgery.

Both suspects were convicted of both murders and sentenced to death. Their sentenced were later commuted to life.

Detective Ratliff had served with the Louisville Police Department for 23 years. He was survived by his wife and son.

Bio

  • Age 47
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

robbery

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Rest in peace Detective Ratliff.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 16, 2019

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