Deputy Sheriff Richard "Dick" Roach

Deputy Sheriff Richard "Dick" Roach

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, August 22, 1874

Richard "Dick" Roach

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.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Never identified

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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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