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Patrolman Richard Lewis Cash | Forest Park Police Department, Georgia Forest Park Police Department, Georgia


Richard Lewis Cash

Forest Park Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 3, 1996

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 3 years

Badge # C-32

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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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.

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Ricky, we are going to be grandparents!! I've often wanted to write on your post. Now is the time. Your only daughter is going to have a son and or daughter herself. How it still hurts and I'm still so confused about what happened. You would be amazed at Cheyenne. She looks just like you, she moves just like you. I thought you would like to know that she is with Josh at the moment. I couldn't be happier with that. Josh is still a spiting image of you. He always was. They have and are having Two grand babies you would love as much as your children. Josh and Cheyenne have talked to Tray, even met him I believe. Cheyenne makes me so proud as she would you. The stories she wrote were so creative. The day she graduated I could not have been prouder. She lifts her eyebrow the same as you and Josh. She drags her feet. I remember when that drove me crazy about you. I adored it with her. She is a bit messy, she's comfortable with her things surrounding her, exactly were she puts them. She did not get the chance to know you and to this day that breaks my heart. Your only little girl.She has your nose thank goodness and is as beautiful as a daughter can be inside and out. Your grandchild from her and James Yates - James being a man you would most certainly approve of - is 10 weeks at the moment. She's the strongest lady I know. Yet she still has a heart that feels a missing part when it comes to you. She's absolutely amazing Ricky. Thank you for blessing me with her. Thank you for giving her Josh. Or giving Cheyenne to Josh. I could never write because I knew it would be painful and to this day it is. I talked about you to Cheyenne often. Yet I tried to keep her from hurting more that she does when it comes to you. I know your police family excepts her as one of their own. You were the best decision I ever made. Again you blessed me with her. You are missed, loved and thought of daily.

October 2, 2016


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