Detective Sergeant Ralph H. Stahl

Detective Sergeant Ralph H. Stahl

Portland Police Bureau, Oregon

End of Watch Wednesday, January 27, 1915

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Ralph H. Stahl

Detective Sergeant Ralph Stahl was shot and killed by a fellow officer who mistook him for an auto thief.

Sergeant Stahl had located a stolen automobile and was driving it to the station when a second officer saw the vehicle and called out to him to stop near the intersection of Yamhill Avenue and Park Avenue. Sergeant Stahl did not hear the command and the other officer drew his gun. Sergeant Stahl was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head and died several hours later.

Sergeant Stahl had served with the Portland Police Bureau for seven years. He was survived by his three children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 208

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

mistaken identity, stolen vehicle

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On today, the 107th anniversary of your sacrifice I'd like to say thank you for your service, may you rest in peace.


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