Patrolman Richard Lewis Cash

Patrolman Richard Lewis Cash

Forest Park Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, January 3, 1996

Richard Lewis Cash

Patrolman Richard Cash was shot and killed during a traffic stop. Patrolman Cash made a traffic stop on a vehicle with two occupants. Patrolman Cash radioed for back up after the passenger started acting suspicious. A lieutenant was nearby and responded to assist Patrolman Cash. When the lieutenant arrived, he and Patrolman Cash started questioning the passenger outside of the vehicle.

During their conversation, the passenger assaulted Patrolman Cash and produced a small revolver. Patrolman Cash and the passenger started struggling and the passenger shot Patrolman Cash several times, killing him. The passenger then shot the lieutenant, who returned fire striking the passenger. The passenger was able to get back into the vehicle and fled the scene.

Patrolman Cash and his lieutenant were rushed to a local hospital where Patrolman Cash later died. The suspect vehicle went to the same hospital and dropped off the passenger, who was also rushed to surgery, where he died.

Unbeknownst to either officer, the two suspects were also suspects in a homicide that occurred six months earlier.

Patrolman Cash had served with the Forest Park Police Department for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge C-32

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Hey Dad, I miss you a lot. They put me on Adam team. Capt Skwira is a great Captain. He really doesn't take any shit off no one,that's what I like the most about him. I get along pretty good with the rest of my team as well. Lt.Gladden is a human bloodhound, Sgt Kempf has made a home for his boot in my ass, but he means well. Sgt Bulligton is funny, Owens is a little goofy, Foster is a walking history book, Cantrell is a princess until she gets mad, Sparks is kinda reserved but funny when she starts talking, Groenewold, well he's just Groenewold.
I just switched back to night shift. I like nights alot more than day shift. I was on patrol on Jan 3. All I could do was think about you. I think about you all the time. I've meet alot of people in the city who still talk about you. They think it's cool that I'm working in Forest Park. I visit Nelson a good bit. He misses you alot. Hell every body does.
I hate that my children will never meet you. I take Brantley to see your picture at the PD. To him you are PawPaw. Hope you don't mind. Everley is the sweetest baby ever. Lauren is the best wife I could have ever asked for.
Well just wanted to tell you how things have been going. I love and miss you.

Josh Cash

Patrolman A-31 Josh Cash
Your son/Forest Park Police

January 10, 2018

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