Hero Down: ATF Senior Special Agent Paul 'Scott' Ragsdale Dies During Training

An ATF senior special agent died in the line of duty on May 24.

Coppell, TX – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Senior Special Agent Paul “Scott” Ragsdale died in the line of duty on May 24, when he went into cardiac arrest during a training session, the agency said.

Agent Ragsdale, 41, was participating in a control and arrest techniques training when the heart attack occurred, KXAS reported.

He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the ATF said in a press release.

“The ATF family wishes to thank everyone for the outpouring of support as we continue to mourn the passing of Senior Special Agent Scott Ragsdale,” an ATF headquarters Twitter post read.

Agent Ragsdale, a 16-year veteran of the agency, was a division senior operations officer and was assigned to the Dallas Field Division, according to the ATF press release.

“If you knew Scott, you knew laughter, you knew how much he loved his family, you knew a great guy,” ATF Dallas Division Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Boshek said, according to KXAS. “Scott wasn’t just a colleague, he was a friend.”

Agent Ragsdale leaves behind his wife and two children.

“ATF Special Agent Scott Ragsdale, Badge # 4250, although you are gone, you will never be forgotten,” the agency’s press release read. “Rest in peace friend.”

Agent Ragsdale will be laid to rest in the Law Enforcement Garden of Honor at the Dallas Restland Memorial Park on June 4, according to KXAS.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of ATF Senior Special Agent Ragsdale, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here..

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Poileas
Poileas

Wonder if OC spray was involved.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

I wonder... he was only 41. They only say he was "participating in a control and arrest techniques" maybe had a family history of heart disease?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Poileas Has someone had a heart attack due to OC training before? It's definitely stressful, but i didn't know it was stressful enough to cause an attack.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Prayers for his family and colleagues.

Mrs10
Mrs10

@Hi_estComnDenomn - I don't know a specific case, but the OC substance would be a potent vasodilator and could definitely be attributed to sudden changes in blood pressure and cardiac rhythm. Not to say that it would be a direct cause of cardiac arrest (not that I know of anyway) but that if there were underlying risks then the change could precipitate a cardiac event.