Police Officer Ronald Michael Ryan, Jr.

Police Officer Ronald Michael Ryan, Jr.

St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Friday, August 26, 1994

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.


  • 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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Oh Ronnie Nip Laser it still remains a close and harsh memory! Bless you all that work your life for us to be safe. My love thoughts and prayers go out to all the families! So many memories from childhood Rose Ave. days to Adult times on Rose Ave. The days of caroling on the Avenue hot cocoa waiting for us. To coming home to visit family and hoping to get a glimpse of one of the Ryan Family members to say hi and catch-up a bit. To that life changing day I was watching TV and the man on the stretcher. The boots I saw were Ronnies! I think a part of me died that day also. I thank you all for having a piece in who I and my family have become. Love you and think of you every day. In my prayers you remain.

Dana (Morrissey)Keller
Friend of Ryan Family

May 15, 2015

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