Trooper First Class Lauren M. Ridge

Trooper First Class Lauren M. Ridge

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch Friday, July 14, 1950

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Lauren M. Ridge

Trooper First Class 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 on Northern Avenue 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 served with the Maryland State Police for just over four years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and survived the Pearl Harbor attack of December 7th, 1941. He is survived by his wife and child. He 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

weapons violation

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Thank you for your service, both military and police, and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 14, 2020

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