Special Agent Ralph Robinson

Special Agent Ralph Robinson

Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Wednesday, March 31, 1926

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Ralph Robinson

Special Agent Ralph Robinson was shot and killed while confronting coal thieves on a train near the Rock Island yards in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, shortly after 1:00 a.m.

It is believed that he had placed at least one burglar under arrest and was walking him to the police station when he was shot by another gunman. Agent Robinson was shot three times with a .38 caliber handgun and his body was found in the morning by a railroad employee. 112 people were taken into custody the following day during a massive search for the killers.

The suspect, 26, was eventually arrested after fleeing to Texas from Oklahoma. The suspect bragged to a girlfriend that he had killed a railroad agent in Oklahoma. When the girlfriend's father learned of the murder he alerted Texas authorities who arrested the suspect and returned him to Oklahoma. On September 16, 1926, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Agent Robinson was employed by the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Police Department for about one year, and was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not availa

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Weapon Rifle; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

larceny, trespasser

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96 years ago today, grandfather. Your memory will last forever. Although you never got the chance to hold me, or know me, your spirit lives on inside me. RIP

Ralph M. Robinson
Central Arizona Project

March 31, 2022

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