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 suspects 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 was a United States Marine Corps veteran and 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
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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


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On behalf of my former agency (Washoe County Sheriff's Office-Reno), I just wanted to thank you for your dedicated and outstanding contributions to law enforcement. I knew some of the investigators you worked with and they are all great people, as were you. Thank you for your sacrifice and service to the citizens of this great State. I still see your picture at the academy when I go there to teach classes. You are not forgotten.

Jim Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (ret.)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nv.) & NVDPS

March 13, 2023

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