Constable John (Jack) Gordon Ross
Ontario Provincial Police
End of Watch: Sunday, October 7, 1984
Tour of Duty: 22 years
Badge Number: 2203
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Sunday, October 7, 1984
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Sentenced to Life Imprisonment
Constable Ross was stationed in Woodstock at the time of his death. Constable Ross was killed in a 19 hour stand off with a 22 year old male suspect, who was wanted in Montreal for the murder of a Montreal Police Officer. His accomplice, another male, was killed in the shoot out.
The suspect faced charges in Montreal, one count of first degree murder in the death of Constable Pierre Beaulieu, one count of second degree murder in the death of a civilian, three charges of attempted murder, four of armed robbery, one charge of kidnapping, and two charges of vehicle theft. He also faced a charge of first degree murder for Constable Ross and attempted murder and wounding of a second officer before he gave himself up to police. He was convicted and sentenced to two life terms. Two years later he committed suicide while in prison.
Both of the murdered officers were wearing body armor but the bullets struck unprotected areas on their bodies.
Constable Ross was with the OPP for 22 years.
Constable Ross was survived by his wife and five children.
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