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Deputy Sheriff Ricky Del Fiorentino | Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, California Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, California

Deputy Sheriff

Ricky Del Fiorentino

Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 26 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/19/2014

Weapon: Rifle

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Ricky Del Fiorentino was shot and killed while searching for a subject who had abducted two people in Oregon earlier in the day and then shot at a store owner near Leggett, California.

Officers from multiple agencies were searching the area when Deputy Del Fiorentino came across the subject's car on a dirt road in the town of Cleone, near MacKerricher State Park. The subject opened fire on Deputy Del Fiorentino from ambush, firing multiple rounds and fatally wounding him before he had a chance to exit his vehicle.

A Fort Bragg police officer who was nearby and heard the gunfire responded to the scene to discover the subject going through Deputy Del Fiorentino's patrol car. The officer exchanged shots with the subject and struck him in the leg, causing a fatal wound.

Deputy Del Fiorentino had served with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and Fort Bragg Police Department for a total 26 years.

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I knew Rick from back in the mid 1980's. Rick and I worked together at Mervyns as store Detectives in Napa. He saved me many times fighting with thieves using those unbeatable wrestling skills. We both got into Law enforcement at the same time, Rick was a great guy, none better. He was one of those people you never forget. A mountain of a man yet very humble. The world lost a good man the day he died. I miss you Rick and will see you again in Heaven . I will find you by your laugh. Good bye my friend.

Deputy Sheriff Mike Liedtke retired
Contra Costa Sheriff
January 15, 2015

 

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