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Sergeant Frederick Albert Chitimacha Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

Sergeant

Frederick Albert "Rick" Riggenbach

Chitimacha Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch: Saturday, January 26, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 15 years

Badge # T506

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Louisiana

Incident Date: 1/26/2013

Weapon: Shotgun

Suspect: Charged with murder

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Sergeant Rick Riggenbach was shot and killed after he and two St. Mary Parish deputies responded to reports of a mobile home fire and an armed subject on Flatown Road, near Charenton shortly after 9:00 am. The fire was reported just off of tribal land about one quarter mile from a Chitimacha-owned casino.

When Sergeant Riggenbach arrived at the scene the subject shot him with a shotgun, fatally wounding him. The subject then opened fire on the two St. Mary Parish deputies as they arrived at the scene moments later. Both deputies were critically wounded. The subject, who was also wounded at some point during the incident, was taken into custody by responding officers and transported to a local hospital.

After the house fire was extinguished, the body of its owner was discovered in the debris. The subject who started the fire was a neighbor with a history of mental illness.

Sergeant Riggenbach was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Chitimacha Tribal Police Department for 4-1/2 years. He had previuosly served 10-1/2 years with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife, son, three daughters, and grandchildren and is buried in Morgan City Cemetery and Mausoleum in Morgan City, Louisiana.

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Rick had been my father figure since I was 6 years old. He treated me just like Will. January 26 2013 I graduated from military school. He wasn't at my graduation. Driving home that afternoon I got the phone call that he had been shot. Rick was the last person I thought that could happen to, I thought of him in the highest. Now I'm a PFC in the United States Army stationed in Germany. I'm writing this today because it still hurts to know he's not here anymore. Hope the range is nice where your at brother.

Pfc Burleigh
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October 12, 2014

 

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