Police Officer Ronald Lawrence Ball

Police Officer Ronald Lawrence Ball

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, February 8, 1986

Add to My Heroes

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.

Bio

  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 5711

Incident Details

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

Most Recent Reflection

View all 29 Reflections

FOREVER REST IN PEACE. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired, NYSP

January 10, 2020

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.