Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 9 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Rifle; AK-47
Offender: Sentenced to death
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.