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Deputy Sheriff Richard Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

Richard "Dick" Roach

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, August 22, 1874

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Never identified

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Deputy Sheriff Dick Roach was shot and killed while sitting on his front porch in a Tampa suburb.

It is believed that he was murdered in retaliation by family members of a man he had killed one two months earlier as the man resisted arrest, although no one was ever arrested or charged.

Deputy Roach was likely born into slavery in South Carolina and became one of the first black law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Florida. He was survived by his wife, mother, and three siblings.

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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Roach. You surely were a hero and a champion of all people. Bravery and boldness. Commitment and valor.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
August 22, 2017


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