Merchant Policeman Alexander David Ross

Merchant Policeman Alexander David Ross

Missoula Police Department, Montana

End of Watch Tuesday, March 17, 1931

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Alexander David Ross

Merchant Policeman Alexander Ross was shot and killed while escorting a prisoner to the police station. He had arrested the man after observing him and another man steal gas from a filling station. He was able to catch one of the men, but the other escaped.

As he walked the man to the police station, the 24-year-old man produced a handgun and shot Policeman Ross in the stomach. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Other Missoula officers shot and killed the suspect.

Policeman Ross had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 60
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Officer Ross,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Missoula. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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March 17, 2021

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