Attorney General Jeff Sessions, director of the Department of Justice, and Thomas Brandon, deputy director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) sadly report the death of Special Agent Paul Ragsdale.
SSA “Scott” Ragsdale, 41, suffered a cardiac medical emergency while participating in an agency training program involving arrest and control techniques for all field officers. Other agents on scene administered basic life support medical assistance to Ragsdale.
SSA Ragsdale was then transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center where he later died.
Several news agencies are reporting he suffered a fatal heart attack.
Paul Ragsdale served the BATFE for 16 years and was assigned to the Dallas Field Office. His wife and two children survive him.
An ATF press release quoted Jeffrey C. Bostick II, special agent in charge of the Dallas office, as saying “If you knew Scott, you knew laughter, you knew how much he loved his family… you knew a great guy. … Scott wasn’t just a colleague, he was a friend.”
We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Senior Special Agent Paul Scott Ragsdale of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. On May 24, Special Agent Ragsdale suffered a fatal heart attack during training in Coppell, Texas. pic.twitter.com/9qk0qnsvpS
— U. S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund (@USMarshalsFund) May 27, 2018
Special Agent Paul Ragsdale is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Thursday, May 24, 2018.