Officer Ralph Dean

Officer Ralph Dean

Mize Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Tuesday, November 1, 1988

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Ralph Dean

Officer Ralph Dean was shot and killed after being ambushed while sitting in his patrol car at in the parking lot of the gas station at the intersection of Highway 28 and Oak Street at 2:30 a.m.

Another vehicle pulled up to the patrol car, the driver got out and opened fire with a .223 caliber rifle.

The suspect fired 23 rounds, striking Officer Dean several times. Officer Dean was able to return fire before succumbing to his wounds. Officer Dean was located several hours later after officers from another agency were sent to locate him when he couldn't be reached by dispatchers.

The suspect was apprehended but released after serving only two years.

Officer Dean, a U.S. Army veteran, had been with the Mize Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, two children, parents, brother, and sister.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .223 caliber
  • Offender Served only two years


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Rest in peace Officer Dean.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 25, 2019

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