Lieutenant Ralph Augustus Chase

Lieutenant Ralph Augustus Chase

Gardiner Police Department, Maine

End of Watch Saturday, January 1, 1966

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Ralph Augustus Chase

Lieutenant Ralph Chase was assaulted while making an arrest in a domestic situation at a local club. He was caught from behind, bear-hugged and kneed in the abdomen, which result in a massive pulmonary hemorrhage, from which he died.

Despite being assaulted by several suspects, only one person was charged in connection with the incident. The suspect was convicted of simple assault.

Lieutenant Chase was a Maine National Guard veteran and had served with the Gardiner Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Convicted of simple assault


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Lt. Chase,
On today, the 51st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for for our Country as well when you served in the Maine National Guard. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 1, 2017

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