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Deputy Sheriff Richard Anthony Herzog | King County Sheriff's Office, Washington King County Sheriff's Office, Washington

Deputy Sheriff

Richard Anthony Herzog

King County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch: Saturday, June 22, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/22/2002

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Suspect: Sentenced to Life without Parole

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Deputy Sheriff Richard Herzog was shot and killed with his own service weapon, after responding to a call at about 5:00 pm involving a naked man creating a disturbance in the roadway on Coal Creek Parkway.

When Deputy Herzog, who was wearing a vest, arrived on scene, he attempted to subdue the man with pepper spray. The spray had no affect on the man, who then attacked Deputy Herzog. Deputy Herzog's service weapon, a .40 caliber Glock, was knocked to the ground and the magazine came out of it.

The suspect picked up the weapon and replaced the magazine. As Deputy Herzog attempted to retreat, the suspect shot him once, knocking him to the ground. The suspect then stood over him and shot him ten more times before fleeing to a nearby apartment. The man was apprehended approximately 45 minutes later. The suspect had been released from jail only 11 days earlier after serving several months for assaulting a police officer.

The suspect was convicted of aggravated first-degree murder on August 19th, 2004. On September 23rd, 2004, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Deputy Herzog had served with the King County Sheriff's Office for seven years. He was a US Army veteran and was survived by his wife and two teenage daughters.

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I worked for a local towing co. and we had a contract for towing KCSO disabled vehicles around the time of Rich Herzogs murder. That old Jeep broke down 2 times if I remember right within a couple of months and Rich was fit to be tied when I went and picked him up both times. The third time I got the call a couple weeks later I thought he is really gonna be hot now cause he wanted to be out on the streets doing what he did and that old Jeep just kept doing what it did. When I got to Aukeen Court parking lot and saw the front end smashed in I thought what the hell? He pit maneuvered a guy who ran from the courtroom and got in a vehicle when they went to put him in custody in court. I will never forget that and we had some good conversation about the Army during our rides back to the county shops to get him a replacement vehicle. You are missed Rich. Thanks to a former WSP officer that directed me to this site.

Former US ARMY SGT Kirk Gentry
November 26, 2014


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