Town Marshal Ralph Gibons

Town Marshal Ralph Gibons

The Dalles Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Wednesday, May 7, 1919

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Ralph Gibons

Town Marshal Ralph Gibons was shot and killed as he and the Wasco County sheriff attempted to arrest a man for complicity in the robbery of a bank in Washougal, Washington.

The officers arrested both men as they got off a train at the train station. As they began walking them to jail along 2nd Street one of the men pulled out a handgun and shot Marshal Gibons in the chest.

A posse arrested both subjects a short time later. Three weeks later one was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. The other was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

robbery, warrant service

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Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service. Never forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 7, 2019

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