Patrolman James C. Ratliff

Patrolman James C. Ratliff

Lawrenceburg Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, February 7, 1961

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James C. Ratliff

Patrolman James Ratliff was shot and killed while at the scene of a domestic disturbance at the Wilson Oil Company.

As Patrolman Ratliff approached an occupied vehicle at the business, a male subject opened fire with a handgun, striking him. Patrolman Ratliff was pronounced dead on arrival at Dearborn County Hospital.

The suspect was charged and convicted of Patrolman Ratliff's murder.

Patrolman Ratliff had served with the Lawrenceburg Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife and several children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Convicted of murder

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