Ralph W. Ogan Jr.
Police Officer Ralph Ogan was shot and killed while checking on a business.
While on patrol he observed a vehicle parked across the street from a business with a broken window. He approached the vehicle and spoke with the occupants. After a brief conversation, the rear passenger side suspect began to exit the vehicle. As Officer Ogan walked around the rear of the vehicle to confront this suspect, he was shot twice in the upper torso.
The suspect and his accomplices were apprehended and sentenced to prison. The shooter was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment and died in prison ten years to the day of the murder.
Officer Ogan had served with the Grinnell Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Grinnell Police Department
End of Watch: Nov. 13, 1963