Robert Ramsey, a Dallas area policeman described as an avid outdoorsman, was found dead Thursday, hours after he failed to return home from a duck hunt.
Ramsey was a University Park police sergeant who worked outside downtown Dallas.
Police found his body in Lake Tawakoni, which is about an hour’s drive from the city.
University Park police chief Greg Spradlin said he and Ramsey had worked together for years. He called his friend and colleague “an avid hunter (who) loved the outdoors.”
“Since joining us in 2008, Sergeant Ramsey was a highly valued member of the University Park Police Department. He was a credit to our profession and a true community servant.
“I have known and worked with Robert since the 1990’s when we worked together on joint assignments in the twin cities of Texarkana. An avid hunter, Robert loved the outdoors. I would ask you to keep Robert and his family, his friends and fellow officers in your thoughts and prayers.”
Police Say Ramsey Launched Boat For His Duck Hunt
Police said it’s not clear how Ramsey ended up in the lake. Investigators believe he launched his boat from a public ramp for the duck hunt just before noon, Wednesday. And they found the boat drifting about five miles away from the ramp.
Crews with the Texas Game Warden recovered Ramsey’s body Thursday morning.
Judging by his honors, Ramsey was an excellent police officer. He earned the city’s employee of the year honors in 2018. He recently earned a promotion to sergeant.
Ramsey also served as the department’s firearms and defensive tactics instructor.
A medical examiner will determine the cause of death, as investigators work to gather more details.
Fatal hunting-related accidents are rare in Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reported one death in 2019. That’s an all-time low since the agency began collecting hunting data in 1966. Duck hunting season continues in Texas through Jan. 31.=