Police Officer Ronald Lawrence Ball

Police Officer Ronald Lawrence Ball

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, February 8, 1986

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Ronald Lawrence Ball

Officer Ronald Ball and Detective Arleigh McCree were killed while attempting to defuse two booby-trapped pipe bombs. The officers, both members of the Bomb Squad, were called to a home that was being searched in connection with a shooting. The officers conducting the search located the two pipe bombs in a garage and called the Bomb Squad to the scene. While examining the devices the officers determined they were booby trapped and moved all of the other officers away from the scene.

As Detective McCree and Officer Ball attempted to defuse the bombs they detonated, killing Detective McCree instantly and fatally wounding Officer Ball, who succumbed to the wounds at a local hospital several hours later.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 5711

Incident Details

  • Cause Bomb
  • Weapon Explosives; Pipe bomb
  • Offender Not available

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I can’t believe it’s been over 30 yrs. it’s been hard on all of us. Mom never got over it all. There were times I wish I could talk to you about things at work. I spent 26 out of my 33 yrs at Vnys div. 5 of those at Vnys front desk. I knew filling out those F.I cards when we were little would finally work to my advantage. Thank you for teaching the love of earthquakes and they worked, also the love of animals. I still have the tortoises and a few of their off spring. I’ll be retiring soon and think of you and mom often. P.s thank you Jimmy T and Steve H for checking in on us.

PSR 2 Stacy Ball

September 10, 2021

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