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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 didn't know Deputy Herzog, but I vividly recall the day in question. I was driving my mother and my high school girlfriend home after seeing a theatre performance, and we were approaching the intersection in Newcastle right when this incident took place. Up ahead, we saw the bus stopped and awkwardly blocking the road. There were a couple of vehicles ahead of us in the left turn lane - the first made a quick u-turn, shouted something into the window of the guy behind him, who promptly made a U-Turn as well. They both looked frantic. Terrified. But I didn't put it together.

I made a quick left and bypassed the entire section of Coal Creek on a distant side road. And as I continued on Coal Creek, I was shocked to see other King County Sheriff's deputies rushing to the scene in the oncoming lanes at serious speeds. And that's when it clicked for me. Even as a teenager, I knew something had gone seriously wrong at that intersection.

This was a horrible thing. But what I never forget is just how many people were around this intersection that Deputy Herzog died trying to protect. Whether we're talking about the passengers on the bus, the drivers in the stopped vehicles, the children at the nearby school, or a pair of completely unwitting high schoolers stopped in a car nearby, he was looking out for all of us whether we knew it or not.

I'll never know if we were actually in danger on that day, but I'll always be greatful to Deputy Herzog for looking out for us nonetheless.

Glenn B.
Civilian
October 14, 2013

 

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