Chief of Police Ralph Arthur Painter

Chief of Police Ralph Arthur Painter

Rainier Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Ralph Arthur Painter

Chief Ralph Painter was shot and killed after responding to a local car stereo shop on Rock Crest Street in which a man was attempting to take a car that did not belong to him.

When Chief Painter made contact with the man a struggle ensued. The subject was able to disarm and fatally shoot him. The man then exchanged shots with responding officers before being wounded and taken into custody. He was charged with aggravated murder.

Chief Painter had served with the agency for 25 years and is survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Charged with aggravated murder

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Ralphie- I think of you every time another officer dies. This week we had two fallen officers in Wyandotte County. This site and these comments make me proud of you and all of the honorable police officers I grew up with. I pray that you watch over our family. I hope you are enjoying your sister and dad in heaven. We MISS you dearly.

Amanda Wondra-Appl
Cousin of Ralph A. Painter

June 20, 2018

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