Assistant Chief Richard Leo Beecher

Assistant Chief Richard Leo Beecher

Punta Gorda Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, October 10, 1978

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Richard Leo Beecher

Assistant Chief Richard Beecher was killed while searching for an escaped murderer.

While conducting a search, Chief Beecher flagged down a truck and stepped up on the running board to speak to the driver. After questioning the driver, he stepped down off the running board and was struck by a passing motorist. Chief Beecher was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries a few hours later.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle


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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 10, 2020

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