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

Patrolman

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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My heart aches for your family, as you were taken to young. Your courage and bravery are remembered today and always because you died fighting to make the world a better place. I am honored to be your brother, and may God forever bless those you left behind. Rest in Peace my brother.

Sergeant Barton
Garden City PD
January 10, 2017

 

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