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Police Officer Richard John Matthews | Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina

Police Officer

Richard John Matthews

Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 427

Cause: Automobile accident

Incident Date: 2/18/2009

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Officer Richard Matthews was killed in an automobile accident while responding to backup another officer. His patrol car struck a tree after he swerved to avoid a box in the roadway on Shipyard Boulevard.

He was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Matthews had served with the Wilmington Police Department for 2 years and had previously served with the New York City Police Department for 3 years.

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I really miss you Rich Matthews! I will never forget the months I spent working with you while you were waiting for your paperwork to come in from NY! You were a top notch Officer, and Wilmington PD was glad to have you! We were all very fortunate to know you. I think of you every time I see that organizing cube you gave me for my desk - it does make me sad to see it now. You have no idea how much you are missed around here 313! RIP RICH!

Heather Patterson
Wilmington PD
December 6, 2013


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