Agent Ronald P. Chelius

Agent Ronald P. Chelius

Nevada Division of Investigation and Narcotics, Nevada

End of Watch Tuesday, March 13, 1979

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Ronald P. Chelius

Agent Ronald Chelius was shot and killed in Sacramento, California, while participating in an undercover drug purchase.

An investigation into a Carson City drug-ring led agents to a supplier in Sacramento. Agent Chelius had arranged to purchase a large amount of mescaline from two juvenile suspects. After the purchase Agent Chelius identified himself and told them they were both under arrest. One of the suspect's produced a small handgun and shot him in the chest, killing him. The suspects attempted to flee but were apprehended by other agents who were observing the operation.

The subject who murdered Agent Chelius was paroled on September 16, 2014.

Agent Chelius had served with the Nevada Division of Investigation and Narcotics for six years and had previously served with the Carson City Sheriff's Department. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location California
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 2014


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Hi Bud
It's been 43 years and two days. I think of you often and still can't believe your gone. I talked to K.O. not to long ago and he misses you as well. We lost Reid Ross, Bob Roderfer, and Mike Harper. I have moved out ogf Nevada and I haven't heard or seen any of your family. NDI is now "State Police" wow . Things around the U.S. are really in sad shape. It seems were going back in time as there is so much violence and hatered. It still pains me March 13, I'm sorry we couldn't have done more. Love you brother.

Bob Milby, Chief retired
Nevada Division of Investigation and Narcotics

March 15, 2022

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