Police Officer Ronald Lee Trumbette

Police Officer Ronald Lee Trumbette

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, May 23, 1975

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Ronald Lee Trumbette

Officer Trumbette was shot and killed while responding to a silent alarm in a warehouse. As he entered the building the suspect, who was hiding in the rafters overhead, jumped down onto him. The suspect then gained control of Officer Trumbette's weapon and shot him. Another officer critically wounded the suspect as he shot him three times.

The 26-year-old suspect, with a long criminal record, mostly burglaries, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death in August of 1976. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Officer Trumbette served with the Philadelphia Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife, son, and parents.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 4908

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Dear Officer Trumbette,

May your dear Family know, on this 45th year after your tragic loss -- that you are held in our hearts. And will always be remembered for your Courage, Heroism and dedication to duty. The citizens of Philadelphia lost a dear young man. Your Family's loss is beyond any sentiment we can offer. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Mary Ellen Auman
Wife & Mother of Philadelphia Police Department Officers

May 23, 2020

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