Patrolman John Ritter, Jr.

Patrolman John Ritter, Jr.

Ridgefield Park Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Tuesday, September 7, 1920

John Ritter, Jr.

Patrolman Ritter was shot and killed with his own service weapon after making an arrest. Another officer had arrested a drunk man who was making a disturbance. Two of the man's friends followed the officer as he walked the man to jail and continued to urge the officer to release the man.

When the suspect encountered Patrolman Ritter he explained the situation and Patrolman Ritter decided to arrest one of the other two as well. As he did so the third man lifted up Patrolman Ritter's coat, grabbed his revolver, and fired five times, fatally wounding Patrolman Ritter.

An extensive manhunt turned up both suspects. They were both convicted and served 20 years in prison.

Patrolman Ritter was survived by his wife.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Served 20 years

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 93rd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 29, 2013

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