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

Deputy Sheriff

Ricky Paul 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

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: 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 miss Ricky every day when I do not see him in briefing. When my job takes me back to the coast where Ricky served the community I miss seeing him in the office joking with him, and talking about hunting. Your laugh was memorable, your heart was tremendous. You were my brother then and you are my brother now.. Love and miss you.

PS. Timmy is doing great and making you proud..

Sgt. Andrew Porter
Mendocino County Sheriff's office/ friend, brother, partner, confidant
January 4, 2016


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