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Patrolman Richey O'Brian Finch | Forest Acres Police Department, South Carolina Forest Acres Police Department, South Carolina

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Richey O'Brian Finch

Forest Acres Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Thursday, February 21, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Richey Finch was shot and killed during a traffic stop. During the stop one of the occupants ran to the patrol car and opened fire, killing Patrolman Finch. After the shooting the three suspects fled and began to hitchhike on I-20.

Deputy Ernest Potter and his partner, of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Department, stopped the suspects several hours later when they observed them hitchhiking. As the deputies stepped out of their patrol car one of the men opened fire, killing Deputy Potter and wounding his partner.

The subject was convicted of murder and sentenced to life plus 99 years.

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Deputy Sheriff Ernest Christian Potter, III
Kershaw County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina
End of Watch: Thursday, February 21, 1974
Cause: Gunfire

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