Officer Ross was shot and killed while leading a team of narcotics officers on a ‘buy/bust’ narcotics raid for cocaine at a local bar. While entering a rear office, the suspect, who was also the bar manager, shot him in the chest. He was transported to University Hospital and pronounced dead 17 minutes after his arrival. Officer Ross and other officers on the scene returned fire, killing the suspect.
Officer Ross had served with the Tucson Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife, also a Tucson police officer.