Sheriff George W. Ralston

Sheriff George W. Ralston

Branch County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, September 12, 1917

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George W. Ralston

Sheriff George Ralston was shot and killed when he and a deputy went to speak with a mentally ill farmer who had been causing problems in his neighborhood in California township.

The farmer ambushed them as they approached the area. Sheriff Ralston was shot in the side and fell to the ground. The deputy, who was unarmed, took cover on the side of the road.

After firing at the retreating deputy the man began shooting Sheriff Ralston again, striking him in the back and lung. The man fled into his house where he was shot and killed by a posse after a standoff.

Sheriff Ralston had served with the Branch County Sheriff's Office for just under three years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed


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No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 12, 2020

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