Sergeant Ronald A. Wise

Sergeant Ronald A. Wise

Santa Monica Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, November 4, 1965

Add to My Heroes

Ronald A. Wise

Sergeant Ronald Wise was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a man for child abuse.

A patrol officer responded to an apartment at 2216 4th Street to investigate a report of child abuse. When he arrived he found a badly bruised and semi-conscious 3-year-old child. The officer requested that Sergeant Wise respond to the scene to assist in the arrest of the belligerent father. When Sergeant Wise arrived, the suspect shot him twice in the stomach. Other officers at the scene returned fire and wounded the subject, who was then arrested.

Sergeant Wise was taken to Santa Monica Hospital where he died from his wounds the next day.

The subject was convicted of second-degree murder and served only seven years in prison.

Sergeant Wise had served with the agency for nine years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 1292

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, November 3, 1965
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Died in prison


Most Recent Reflection

View all 12 Reflections

Rest in peace Sergeant Wise.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 26, 2019

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.