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Detective Kevin Darrell Rice, Sr. | Rockford Police Department, Illinois Rockford Police Department, Illinois

Detective

Kevin Darrell Rice, Sr.

Rockford Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, August 3, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 157

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .380 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 60 years

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Detective Kevin Rice was shot and killed while investigating suspicious activity in his sister's neighborhood while he was off duty.

He was returning from his new home, which was under construction, to his sister's home at approximately 1:30 am when he observed two suspicious men. He turned his vehicle around and drove up to them to investigate what they were doing. One of the men immediately pulled out a .380 semi-automatic handgun and shot Detective Rice six times in the chest. He was found with his foot still on the brake pedal.

A 19-year-old suspect was apprehended the next day. He had just been released from custody four months earlier for a murder he committed when he was 12 years old. He was later convicted of murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Detective Rice had served with the Rockford Police Department for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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It's very difficult to imagine life without my father during my young years. Especially growing up knowing my father's life was taken by a human being for selfish reasons! I hope and pray the all might father will lend his guiding hand showing the off spring of Kevin Rice the ways of the world we live in. RIP Kevin!

K.L. Woodard
June 11, 2017

 

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