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Deputy Sheriff Richard Rudy Raczkoski | Indian River County Sheriff's Department, Florida Indian River County Sheriff's Department, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Richard Rudy Raczkoski

Indian River County Sheriff's Department, Florida

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 23, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .380 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Deputy Raczkoski was shot and killed while checking on a suspicious person using a pay phone in front of a closed convenience store at 0300 hours. While waiting for a cab to pick the man up a handgun fell from the man's pants. The suspect picked up the handgun and, as Deputy Raczkoski attempted to take cover behind his patrol car, shot him five times in the back. The man was apprehended in Albany two days later.

The suspect, an ex-convict out of prison for five months, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death.

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You were a friend, co-worker and a kind soul. Having been on the other side of that radio that early hour is something I will never forget. It was nothing short of a horrible nightmare. You even referred to him as a "gentleman", moments before he would take your life. It shattered my heart along with so many of those who loved and knew you and worked alongside you. Our loss is Heaven's gain. Until we meet again Richard.

Former Dispatcher/Cathleen Reimsnyder
Indian River County Sheriff's Office
September 25, 2017

 

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