Officer Ronald Sheffield

Officer Ronald Sheffield

United States General Services Administration - Federal Protective Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, September 21, 2001

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Ronald Sheffield

Officer Ronald Sheffield was shot and killed while responding to a call for a man with a gun at the metal detectors at the McNamara Federal Building in Detroit, Michigan.

Security at the building had been increased dramatically in the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York City and the Pentagon. The subject, who had been waiting in line to go through the security area, pulled a .357 caliber handgun from his bag and shot Officer Sheffield when he attempted to approach him.

Other officers returned fire and wounded the subject before taking him into custody. The building housed several federal law enforcement agencies.

On March 21st, 2003, the killer was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison with no possibility of parole.

Officer Sheffield was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He is survived by his two daughters.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1380
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Michigan
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years

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Everytime an active shooter incident in this country occurs. I reflect with imense gratitude for you, Ronald Sheffied who stood in harms way to protect people who you will never know. I worked in the McNamara building on that day, September 21, 2001. God is still good. May your loved ones be blessed.

Carmen Gamlin
Former VA employee

February 15, 2023

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