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Sergeant Richard J. Helbush | Lake County Sheriff's Office, California Lake County Sheriff's Office, California


Richard J. Helbush

Lake County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Saturday, May 2, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 408

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed suicide

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Sergeant Richard Helbush was shot and killed when he stopped to assist a disabled vehicle in an isolated area around midnight.

Unbeknownst to Sergeant Helbush the two occupants were wanted for murder in Stockton. After making contact with the two Sergeant Helbush was shot in the back three times as he returned to his patrol car. The two suspects then stole his wallet, revolver, and patrol car.

When Sergeant Helbush failed to return radio calls other units went searching for him and found his body at the scene. Another unit spotted the stolen patrol car and engaged the suspects in a pursuit and shootout. The suspects were arrested and the man hung himself in jail while awaiting a court hearing.

Sergeant Helbush had served with the Lake County Sheriff's Office for 13 years.

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Rich, early in your career you were known as #433 and that is how I will always remember you. It is going to be 35 years since your line of duty death and you are still loved and missed. Rest in peace Officer Helbush.

Mother of your beautiful children.
March 9, 2016


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