Probationary Patrolman Ralph S. Souders

Probationary Patrolman Ralph S. Souders

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, December 19, 1922

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Ralph S. Souders

Probationary Patrolman Ralph Souders was shot and killed while attempting to stop a robbery at a local store at 5361 South Morgan Street. Patrolman Souders had been assigned to guard the store as the result of a string of recent robberies.

Two men 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 20th, 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 two-month veteran of the Chicago Police Department and 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
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide


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Rest in peace Probationary Patrolman Souders.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 25, 2019

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