Trooper First Class Lauren M. Ridge

Trooper First Class Lauren M. Ridge

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch Friday, July 14, 1950

Lauren M. Ridge

Trooper Lauren Ridge was shot and killed while attempting to disarm a man who threatened two tax assessors with a rifle at the man's home in Hagerstown.

After Trooper Ridge was called to the scene, he scuffled with the suspect and gained control of the rifle. The suspect then produced a handgun and shot Trooper Ridge five times.

The 60-year-old suspect was shot and mortally wounded by posse men who flushed him out of his house. He died five weeks later.

Trooper Ridge had been employed with the Maryland State Police for just over four years and was a United States Army Veteran and survived the Pearl harbor attack of December 7, 1941. He is survived by his wife and child and is buried in Harbaugh Church Cemetery, Rouzerville, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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TFC Ridge,
Sir, even though it has been 63 yours since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during WW II. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 1, 2013

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