Officer Ronald Glen Kilby

Officer Ronald Glen Kilby

Hermiston Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Thursday, October 8, 1959

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Ronald Glen Kilby

Officer Ronald Kilby was shot and killed after making a traffic stop of two ex-convicts who had just committed two burglaries in town. When he noticed stolen items in the back seat and attempted to arrest the men, a struggle ensued and the suspects were able to gain control of his service weapon and held him at gunpoint.

A citizen who was passing by stopped to assist but was attacked by one of the men. The citizen was able to fight the man off by striking him in the head with a saw chain. When Officer Kilby used the distraction to try to retreat to cover the suspect with the weapon opened fire, striking him four times.

The suspects, ages 25 and 28, fled to Washington where they were arrested the next day following a massive manhunt. Both were extradited to Oregon where they were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on December 23, 1959. In November of 1969 one escaped from prison. He was captured two months later. In March of 1970 he was convicted of escape and sentenced to an additional year in prison.

Officer Kilby had served with the agency for 4 months. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Merit for Valor. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge 3

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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