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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Here to mark 20 yrs you've been gone. We all still miss you. We all still thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice and saving who knows how many people from a psychotic gun man. He was determined to kill that day. You made sure you stopped him. You will never be forgotten.

Danielle Bare

September 20, 2021

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