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The Iowa Department of Public Safety Peace Officer Memorial Page Remembers . . .

Grinnell Police Department

OFFICER RALPH W. OGAN, JR.

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Officer Ogan was shot and killed Wednesday, November 13, 1963, 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 he started to walk towards the business. One of the suspects exited the vehicle and open fired, striking Officer Ogan in the back several times.

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 4 years. He was survived by his wife and three children and was 34 years old.

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Created: 01-15-2009
Last Updated: 02-05-2010 (JLR)