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Detective Richard Lee Samuels | Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Detective

Richard Lee Samuels

Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, September 22, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Heart attack

Incident Date: 9/22/1988

Weapon: Person

Suspect: Apprehended

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Detective Richard Samuels suffered a fatal attack during a foot pursuit of an escapee.

Detective Samuels was in the courthouse waiting to testify in a trial when a prisoner broke free of other deputies and fled the courthouse. Detective Samuels, who observed the incident, chased the prisoner towards a neighboring elementary school but suffered a fatal heart attack during the pursuit.

Other deputies apprehended the suspect inside of the school.

Detective Samuels was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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