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Officer Gordon Joseph Rich | Columbus Division of Police, Ohio Columbus Division of Police, Ohio


Gordon Joseph Rich

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, April 5, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 23 years

Badge # 325

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Gordon Rich was shot and killed with his own weapon while making a traffic stop. Unbeknownst to Officer Rich, the men had just committed a robbery. He had placed both men in the back seat of his cruiser. One of them was able to gain control of his weapon and shot him. He attempted to call for help on his police radio but was unable to speak to the dispatcher. A witness to the shooting followed the suspects who were later apprehended. The shooter was convicted and sentenced to prison for 33 years to life. He has his first parole hearing in February, 2019.

Officer Rich had been with the agency for 23 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and two step children.

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As per usual... We had coffee and a chat at the Jolly Pirate just a night or so before.

You were always so reflective of your family. In these troubled times I wonder how you would fit in. I miss you....

Lt. Michael S. Brining
Upper Arlington Police
April 10, 2015


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