Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 10 years
Badge # 8003
Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber
Offender: Sentenced to life imprisonment
Sergeant James Richardson was shot and killed during a traffic stop at McDaniel and Peters Streets.
Sergeant Richardson, while undercover driving an unmarked car, had stopped the vehicle after witnessing the two occupants harassing a female gas station attendant.
After stopping the vehicle he spoke to the driver who had gotten out and as he returned to his car to run his license, the passenger got out and shot him. This was witnessed by the patrons of a restaurant across the street from where the stop occurred.
The vehicle they were driving was stolen from a couple they had abducted and robbed. The couple escaped, but not before being fired upon.
The shooter was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Sergeant Richardson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He had served with the Atlanta Police Department for 10 years and was survived by his wife and daughter.