Deputy Sheriff Richard Rudy Raczkoski

Deputy Sheriff Richard Rudy Raczkoski

Indian River County Sheriff's Department, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, September 23, 1986

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Richard Rudy Raczkoski

Deputy Raczkoski was shot and killed at 3 a.m. while checking on a suspicious person using a pay phone in front of a closed convenience store at 8200 20th Street in Vero Beach.

While waiting for a cab to pick the suspect up, a handgun fell from his pants. The suspect picked up the handgun and shot Deputy Raczkoski five times in the back as the deputy attempted to take cover behind his patrol car.

The suspect was apprehended in Albany two days later. An ex-convict who had been out of prison for five months, the suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .380 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

suspicious person

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Even though we have never met, I know who you are and will always remember the sacrifice that was made in the early hours of Sept. 23, 1986. I am thankful for your dedication to protect and serve our community. I know that GOD has wrapped his arms around your family and friends and provided them with the love and grace he has to make your loss easier. While you are gone, you are not forgotten!

Paul Button
Former Deputy Sheriff/Public Safety Dispatcher

September 24, 2018

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