Officer Gordon Joseph Rich

Officer Gordon Joseph Rich

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, April 5, 1986

Gordon Joseph Rich

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.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 325

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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Thinking of you today Joe, its once again April 5th, that horrible day that is forever imprinted in my brain...its been 31 yrs since you were taken from us. I have been thinking about you alot over the past month. I became a Grandma March 19, 2017. I wish you were here to meet Bentley Alan Lane, you would have loved knowing you were a great grandpa, even though you would not have liked the aspect that you were getting older, hehe! I know that your watching down on all of us, your family as we think of you not only today but many, many days as we reflect on those memories we share with one another. Even though you were taken, they can never take those amazing memories that we share from our life with you! We love and miss you!

Jody Aberegg Lane
Step Daughter

April 5, 2017

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