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Deputy Sheriff Bradley Jay Riches | Orange County Sheriff's Department, California Orange County Sheriff's Department, California

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Bradley Jay Riches

Orange County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, June 12, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; AK-47

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Deputy Riches was shot and killed after being ambushed at a convenience store. Deputy Riches was on routine patrol when he pulled up to a 7-11 store. As soon as he pulled up, a man exited the store and opened fire on him with an AK-47 rifle. Although Deputy Riches was able to make an emergency broadcast, he did not have time to return fire or exit his vehicle before he was killed.

The suspect then fled the scene of the shooting. Another deputy recognized the murderer after viewing the store's surveillance tapes and he was arrested later in the day while trying to flee the area. The suspect had a history of arrests for drunk driving, drugs, and assaulting a police officer. The suspect was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death in December 2003.

Deputy Riches had served with the Orange County Sheriff's Department for 9 years.

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17 years and we have not and will not forget Brad. Thank you for your sacrifice as we continue to honor and remember you. Hope you're enjoyin' patrolling the streets of heaven buddy. We all miss you !!!!


Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon
June 12, 2016


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