Ralph Allen Ablanedo

Ralph Allen Ablanedo

Birth
Frankfurt am Main, Stadtkreis Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
Death 18 May 1978 (aged 26)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Burial Pflugerville, Travis County, Texas, USA
Plot Masonic Section L - Lot 205B Space 2
Memorial ID 17737861 View Source
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Officer Ralph Ablanedo was killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop in the 900 block of E. Live Oak Street, Austin, Texas. Officer Ablanedo had ticketed the driver of the car, Sheila Meinert, for driving without a license, then ran a routine check on the passenger, David Lee Powell, who had warrants for misdemeanor theft and hot checks. As Officer Ablanedo spoke on his radio, Powell opened fire with a fully automatic AK-47, penetrating Officer Ablanedo's bulletproof vest. Despite his injuries, Officer Ablanedo was able to give officers a description of the car before he lost consciousness and died. Powell opened fire on a second officer when he was stopped a short time later, and also tossed a hand grenade, which failed to explode. His companion, Meinert, surrendered, and Powell fled on foot, only to be arrested a few hours later at the Travis High School after an extensive manhunt. Powell was eventually convicted of murder and sentenced to death. On June 15, 2010 at 6:19pm Central Time, the execution of Powell was carried out.

(Source: Austin, Texas Police Dept).


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