Patrolman - Ralph Howard End of Watch: Friday, September 4, 1931
Tour of Duty:
Cause of Death:
Date of Incident:
Wednesday, September 2, 1931
Gun, Unknown type
Shot and killed
Patrolman Howard and Captain William Bourland were shot and killed
during a shootout of several armed robbery suspects. The officers had located three suspects who had
robbed a store in Spiro, Oklahoma, earlier in the evening. They began to chase the car down Spiro Highway
and chased them onto Towson Avenue where they ran it off the road near South Y Street. A shootout ensued
and Captain Bourland, Patrolman Howard, and all three suspects were shot. One of the suspects died at the scene.
Captain Bourland was shot in the head, and twice in the chest. He was pronounced dead at St. Edward Hospital.
Patrolman Howard was struck in neck, chest, and both hands. He succumbed to his wounds two days later. The two
surviving suspects were taken into custody. Both were sentenced to life in prison but the sentence of one of the
suspects was commuted and he was paroled.
Patrolman Howard had been with the agency for 20 years and was survived by his wife, son and daughter.