ATF Agent Dies During Training in Coppell, Services Announced

Agent Paul "Scott" Ragsdale was 41 years old

A 41-year-old ATF agent died on Thursday after apparently suffering a heart attack during training in Coppell, the agency said.

Special Agent Paul “Scott” Ragsdale of Rockwall was learning arrest techniques when he suffered an apparent cardiac arrest, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said.

He was rushed by ambulance to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Grapevine where he was pronounced dead, the ATF said in a statement.

Ragsdale was Senior Operation Officer in the Dallas Division and joined ATF 16 years ago.

“If you knew Scott, you knew laughter, you knew how much he loved his family, you knew a great guy,” said Jeffrey Boshek, ATF’s agent in charge in Dallas. “Scott wasn’t just a colleague, he was a friend.”

Ragsdale is survived by his wife and two children. 

Funeral Services for Special Agent Ragsdale will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 4 at Lakepointe Church in Rockwall. He will be laid to rest in the Law Enforcement Garden of Honor at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.

A fund for his family has been set up through the Assist the Officer Foundation. Click here if you would like to donate.

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