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.

A motorist passing by found Trooper Bates lying on the pavement next to his patrol car. The motorist called in the incident on the patrol car's radio. Investigators discovered that Bates had written down the license plate number of the automobile and officers throughout the region were put on the alert. About 3 ½ hours later two officers pulled over the suspect's car near Condon.

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

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


  • Age 24
  • Tour 6 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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Trooper Bates,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

November 8, 2022

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