Police Officer Ronald Michael Ryan, Jr.

Police Officer Ronald Michael Ryan, Jr.

St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Friday, August 26, 1994

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Ronald Michael Ryan, Jr.

Police Officer Ronald Ryan was shot and killed at approximately 7:00 am after approaching a car with a man sleeping in it at the Sacred Heart Church at 840 6th Street East in St. Paul.

As Officer Ryan was returning to his patrol car to check the suspect's identification, he was shot from behind. The suspect then took Officer Ryan's gun and shot him several more times. He succumbed to his wounds in surgery later that day. The suspect later ambushed and killed Officer Tim Jones and his canine, Laser.

The subject plead guilty to murdering both Officer Ryan and Officer Jones and was sentenced to life without parole.

Only five months earlier, Officer Ryan was awarded the Medal of Merit for rescuing three children from a house fire.

Officer Ryan had served with the St. Paul Police Department for 19 months. He is survived by his wife, mother, and father, who was a police lieutenant.

He is buried in Union Cemetery, Maplewood, Ramsey County, Minnesota.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge 313

Incident Details

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

probation violation, suspicious vehicle

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To the family
I’m so sorry for your loss. So many of us still grieve with you. Every year this day brings my life to a screeching halt with grief. Please know there are so so many of us who grieve with you and feel blessed to have known your boy. May God bring you comfort on this anniversary of this tragic day.

Sergeant, Ret Aine Bebeau
St. Paul Police

August 26, 2022

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