Officer Ronnie E. McGraw

Officer Ronnie E. McGraw

Mecklenburg County Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, October 18, 1970

Ronnie E. McGraw

Officer McGraw was shot and killed as he and other officers raided a gambling house on East Fourth Street at 0145 hours. He was shot in the chest and back as he led his officers into the home. Over $42,000 in cash, a shotgun and eight handguns were confiscated in the home and 17 suspects were arrested.

Only one suspect was charged with Officer McGraw's murder. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 27 years in prison on May 9, 1971. On August 30, 1972 he was granted a new trial because a judge ruled that the raid was conducted with an invalid search warrant. The suspect was acquitted at his new trial on January 9, 1973.

Officer McGraw had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 31

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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'Ronnie was my best friend, we were cops in the USAF back in the early days of our life. He loved police work then in the air force, I hope to see him in another day , Bless Beverly and Rhonda

Ron Mayes

February 23, 2016

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