Patrolman Ralph Hinds

Patrolman Ralph Hinds

Kansas City Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Friday, May 17, 1929

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Ralph Hinds

Patrolman Hinds was shot after responding to a domestic violence call at 1409 Brooklyn Avenue. As Patrolman Hinds and his partner stepped onto the porch of the house the suspect appeared in the doorway. He was wearing a derby hat, smoking a cigar, and held a suitcase in his left hand, his right hand hidden behind his back. As the Patrolman Hinds neared him, he brought out his right hand, which was holding an automatic pistol. He shot Patrolman Hinds once in each leg, and as he fell, he shot him in the back. He then shot his partner in the leg and fled through the back of the house. A group of officers, volunteers, and bloodhounds searched for the suspect, who had got away after shooting the officers. The suspect was apprehended within hours.

The 54-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Two years later his death sentence was suspended indefinitely after he was adjudged insane and sent to the state asylum. On August 2, 1933, he escaped from the asylum. On September 25, 1941, he was captured in Pontiac, Michigan. In 1958 he died in the state mental hospital.

Patrolman Hinds had been with the agency for 5 years.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Died in mental institution

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Ralph was my great uncle. Although I never knew him, his death changed so many family members lives.

He was a wonderful uncle to my six of my great aunts. He loved them so much.

His sister loss her husband leaving her to raise my aunts. She ended up in a mental institution for the rest of her life.

If Ralph had been alive, he would have been their care taker.

The two oldest nieces were 15 and 14 and went to live on the streets working wherever they could to survive.

Three went to a Catholic orphanage and one of them went with an uncle, not the nicest man, he wouldn't take the rest of them.

My aunts and grandmother were left with no family to take care of them. Uncle Ralph's death changed their lives forever and it was felt and is still felt today.

I didn't know him, but yet I do know him very well.

Nancy Bradford

May 2, 2020

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