Patrol Driver John H. Ryan

Patrol Driver John H. Ryan

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, March 19, 1910

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John H. Ryan

Patrol Driver John Ryan was shot and killed while he attempted to apprehend a wanted fugitive in an alley on S 4th Street between Calhoun Avenue and St. Paul Avenue.

Patrol Driver Ryan and two officers were on duty at a police substation when they were informed of the location of a wanted fugitive. The three officers responded to the location. When they arrived, they split up and attempted to draw the suspect out. When they did, a chase ensued and the suspect opened fire, killing Patrol Driver Ryan.

The suspect was wounded in the gun battle but escaped. He was arrested two days later when he went to a hospital to get medical attention for his gunshot wound. Five other men were also arrested and charged with assisting the fugitive.


  • Age Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Memphis.


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