Patrolman Ross D. Flavel

Patrolman Ross D. Flavel

Lewiston Police Department, Idaho

End of Watch Thursday, January 13, 1972

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Ross D. Flavel

Patrolman Ross Flavel was killed when a bomb exploded after he responded to the scene of a robbery. A suspect had called a pharmacy owner at home stating he needed a prescription filled as an emergency. When the store owner arrived the suspect told him he had a bomb and ordered the pharmacist to give him drugs. The pharmacist's wife called police and responding officers took the man into custody. As Patrolman Flavel bent down to examine an object at the scene, the item exploded and killed him. The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Flavel's murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Flavel had served with the Lewiston police Department for one year. He was preceded in death by his wife and survived by his parents, brother, and grandfather.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Bomb
  • Weapon Explosives; Bomb
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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So sad about your wife, Patrolman Flavel. Rest in peace in God's loving arms of honor, hope along with your wife. You have to comfort each other eternally and can do so with any pain or harm causing problems.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 26, 2018

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