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..

Comments (12)
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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.

Poileas
Poileas

I was more or less spouting at the mouth. My son has not found out yet. Those that have died in custody after being OCed were diagnosed by an ME as having some other toxilogical enfarction such as cocaine use says prior. Then when it were healthy young men it was excited delirium. Then starting in 2007, 4 Police Officers had holes burned in their esophagus and lungs, then Officers across the world were suffering eye damage. Then Officers across the globe started to suffer vasoconstriction causing cardiac enfarction and cerebral vasoconstriction leaving some severely brain injured when not treated. Work related injuries and studies began to surface about the OC issues involving healthy Police Officers, Detention Officers, Prison Officers, security guards and Soldiers world wide. OC oil does not mix with water, it has to be emulsified with harsh chemicals. The chemicals themselves can cause toxic issues. When the water and chemicals evaporate the almost pure OC oil is left over, and it is stong.

Poileas
Poileas

There is more about it on LEO Affairs blog pages.

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Firstly please stay of Wikipedia, and a heart attack can be induced by simple running. No one knows when it could happen no matter how well you work out and eat. If a congenital issue is there, and not noted, this could be the cause, as could many other things. So to argue if someone could have a heart attack due to OC training, absolutely, so could mowing a lawn.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Polieas we just used whole milk and Johnson&Johnson baby shampoo. Harsh chemicals to emulsify? Yikes.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

@Polieas that’s a lot of drama for some OC, every time I’ve been OC’d it is fine after a little bit of water.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Thinblueline I'm not sure how you're fine by adding a little water after OC. Water causes OC to flare. Are you sure it wasn't another pepper base?

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Nitrogen based OC, water washes it off, it does suck a bit and water reactivates it along with sweat for a few showers or so but it seems like the best way.