Auxiliary Deputy Ronnal Ralph Stanley

Auxiliary Deputy Ronnal Ralph Stanley

Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, August 31, 1983

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Ronnal Ralph Stanley

Deputy Sheriff Ronnal Stanley was shot and killed during a foot pursuit through a wooded area near Butler, Tennessee.

A hit-and-run accident occurred at 7:30 p.m. on Highway 67 in Butler. Deputy Stanley and other officers arrived on the scene. When they attempted to arrest one of the men for possible drunk driving, a scuffle broke out, and one subject ran into the woods. Deputy Stanley had caught up to the subject, but during the ensuing struggle, the man was able to obtain control of his service weapon and shot him.

The 18-year-old suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 30 years. He was paroled in 2004.

Deputy Stanley had served with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department for 9 months. He was usually a Reserve Officer but was filling in for a deputy who was training. He was survived by his wife, three daughters, father, mother, two brothers, and three sisters.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 2004

foot pursuit, hit-and-run, vehicle crash

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Deputy Stanley,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Johnson County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 31, 2023

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