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.

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 was sentenced to life without parole.

Officer Ryan had served with the St. Paul Police Department for 19 months and was survived by his wife and parents. Only five months earlier, Officer Ryan was awarded the Medal of Merit for rescuing three children from a house fire. He is buried in Union Cemetery, Maplewood, Ramsey County, Minnesota.

Bio

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

Incident Details

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

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Officer Ryan,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your K-9 Partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of of St. Paul. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

August 26, 2019

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