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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Is been many years but I still cry like it was yesterday. I miss you so much. In school they ask the students to write a bout your hero. I always hated it. After your passing, I never realized that YOU were my hero. I always thought you could do no wrong in my eyes and I never told you that. You had died before my son was 2 yrs old and I was told that when you & my mom babysat my son, he had fallen asleep in your arms. Instead of putting him down, you held him until he woke up again, even though your arms were killing you. I’m so glad that you touched his life even though he was too young to remember. I have always talked about you & had pictures of you. My son in his late teens one day said, “mom, your dad is on TV”. I was like your mistaken but you were! There was a special 30 minute show I think called “True Detective? It talked about the story of what happen to you and Arleigh that day. I tried to get a copy of the show and contact one of his old partners to see if I can get a copy. Very sad but I never heard from either one. Anyway, I was so surprised that my son recognized you from a picture. I think I did well in keeping you in his thoughts.
You will always be loved & missed.

Tiffany Ball Bardi

November 7, 2020

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