Deputy Sheriff Ronald E. Ludlow

Deputy Sheriff Ronald E. Ludlow

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, August 13, 1965

Add to My Heroes

Ronald E. Ludlow

Deputy Sheriff Ronald Ludlow was shot and killed during the Watts Riots.

He and other deputies were at the intersection of Wilmington Avenue and Imperial Highway attempting to disperse a crowd from a liquor store that had been looted and set on fire. Shots were fired at the deputies as they attempted to protect the store. A car pulled up to the store and another deputy pointed his shotgun at the vehicle while ordering the car to leave the area.

One of the men in the vehicle grabbed the barrel of the shotgun and during the struggle, the weapon discharged hitting Deputy Ludlow in the stomach.

Deputy Ludlow was placed in a patrol car and died while being transported to a local hospital. Deputy Ludlow was the first fatality of the Watts Riots. As a result of the riots, the Los Angeles Police Department formed the world's first modern-day SWAT team.

The man who murdered him was convicted of murder but was subsequently acquitted after appealing the conviction.

Deputy Ludlow was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's shotgun
  • Offender Convicted of murder

Most Recent Reflection

View all 22 Reflections

I still remember you Ron. Sitting in front of me in Class 91 of the LASO Academy. I was their working a 10 car Malibu assigned to riot patrol in the 65 Watts Riots. Just 2 weeks ETS Army my greats miss not going to your memorial.

Bob Larned Deputy 2936
Los Angeles Sheriff

April 4, 2019

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.