Patrolman Ralph S. Souders

Patrolman Ralph S. Souders

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, December 19, 1922

Ralph S. Souders

Patrolman Ralph Souders was shot and killed while attempting to stop a robbery at a local store. Patrolman Souders had been assigned to guard the store as the result of a string of recent robberies.

Two juveniles entered the back room of the store and immediately held Patrolman Souders at gunpoint. A moment later Patrolman Souders lunged at one of the suspects, who opened fire, killing him. Both suspects were taken into custody.

The gunman was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. His accomplice was sentenced to life. On June 20, 1925, the gunman attacked his accomplice in prison with a knife and stabbed him five times. He died the next day. A few weeks later the gunman killed himself by setting his clothes on fire.

Patrolman Souders was a 2 month veteran of the Chicago Police Department and also a WWI veteran. He was survived by his expectant wife and son and is buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Section T, Hillside, Cook County, Illinois.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge 360

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Officer Souders,
Although we never had the opportunity to meet, I think about you and your sacrifice often. I graduated from the police academy the day before the 92nd anniversary of your line of duty death. The academy was nice enough to mention you and your sacrifice with a moment of silence. I know you will be watching over me during the course of my duties, and I hope to continue the legacy that you left behind.

Your proud great-grandson,

Patrol Officer Andrew J Gatz. Badge #236

Patrol Officer Andrew Gatz
Yorkville Police Department

December 20, 2014

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