Special Agent Ralph N. Shaw

Special Agent Ralph N. Shaw

United States Department of Justice - Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, May 14, 1976

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Ralph N. Shaw

Special Agent Ralph Shaw and Special Agent James Lunn died in a plane crash during an operations flight in support of Mexico's opium eradication program.

The single-engine de Havilland Beaver crashed into a 12,000-foot mountain near Atoyac de Alvarez, Mexico, during a period of low visibility due to a thick haze. Mexican federal narcotics agent Noe Echaustegui was also killed in the crash.

Special Agent Shaw had served with the Drug Enforcement Administration for eight years. He had previously served with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service for six years and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office. He was survived by his parents, brother, and sister.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Overseas
  • Incident Date Tuesday, May 4, 1976

aerial patrol

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

May 14, 2021

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