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


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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The community of Rockford, Ill., are amazingly great to express this much love and concern for a fallen officer. This is a beautiful way to be remembered and an encouraging affect on others all over. I've read so many reflection's it's understandable that he left a lot of good results behind, but at the same time they have been placed in the book of heaven. The dedication, the support and the love he shared with so many, he left to always be remembered. He had to be a good man because he was determined to pave his way in the right direction. He wasn't a hero, he was an Angel. I believe some of us are born into this world as Angels to do God's will and he was that. He put his life in front of evil to bring some good to the Community. Remember, God's will is not to end in evil but to bring good out of it.

Joyce E. Henderson
December 3, 2014


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