Trooper Ralph D. Bates

Trooper Ralph D. Bates

Oregon State Police, Oregon

End of Watch Thursday, November 8, 1962

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Ralph D. Bates

Trooper Ralph Bates was shot and killed after he stopped a suspect driving a stolen car on Highway 30, ten miles east of Arlington.

The subject was arrested and committed to the Oregon State Hospital, where he died in 1963.

Trooper Bates was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Oregon State Police for only four months. He was survived by his parents.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Committed

EDP, stolen vehicle, traffic stop

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Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

November 8, 2020

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