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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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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association
August 20, 2016

 

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