Police Officer Ronald D. Seymore

Police Officer Ronald D. Seymore

Bellefonte Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, October 19, 1971

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Ronald D. Seymore

Police Officer Ronald Seymore was shot and killed by a man who had been served an injunction by the county sheriff to stop operating an illegal garbage dump earlier in the day.

The man became enraged and threatened to kill law enforcement officers. As he drove by Officer Seymore and an auxiliary officer, as they were directing traffic at the intersection of Allegheny Street and High Street, he opened fire on them, killing Officer Seymore and seriously wounding the auxiliary officer. Officer Seymore had arrested the suspect the previous day for assault and battery resulting from an argument about the dump.

The man was arrested a short time later 50 miles away on I-80 after a police chase. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on June 23rd, 1972. He died in prison on December 2nd, 2000.

Officer Seymore was survived by his five young children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Died in prison

ambush, directing traffic, retaliation

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My Brother Ron was killed 50 years ago on the 19th of this month. The Bellefonte Police Department held a memorial on the date and site of his killing. His oldest son, David, came in from Texas to visit the site of his fathers killing and found out about the memorial. He attended along with Ron's brothers, Robert and Tim, his sisters, Sharon and Judy, and his niece Bobbi Joe and nephew Tim. From all accounts it was a beautiful memorial.

William Seymore

October 27, 2021

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