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Chief of Police Clarence Ritsch | Carmi Police Department, Illinois Carmi Police Department, Illinois

Chief of Police

Clarence Ritsch

Carmi Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, May 26, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 25 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Paroled in 1957

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Chief Clarence Ritsch was shot and killed while escorting a prisoner to jail that he had arrested for being intoxicated.

As they walked to the jail, the man reached inside of his coat pocket and fired a handgun. Although mortally wounded, Chief Ritsch was able to return fire. The suspect fled the scene but was apprehended and sentenced to 99 years in prison. He was paroled December 6, 1957.

Chief Ritsch had served with the Carmi Police Department for 25 years. He was survived by his wife and eight children.

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Chief Ritsch's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 8-23-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
August 23, 2016


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