Sergeant Gary S. Pricher

Sergeant Gary S. Pricher

Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, November 4, 1983

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Gary S. Pricher

Sergeant Gary Pricher was struck and killed by a drunk driver while assisting stranded bus passengers on State Road 400 eight miles south of Orlando.

He and five other officers were returning from a tactical response team seminar when they stopped to offer their assistance. Another vehicle swerved and struck Sergeant Pricher before fleeing the scene.

The 42-year-old suspect was later apprehended and charged with manslaughter, drunk driving, and hit-and-run. During his trial in 1984 he left the court room and never returned. He was convicted in absentia of manslaughter, hit-and-run, and drunk driving. He was apprehended two years later in Sebring and sent to prison to serve a 15-year sentence.

Sergeant Pricher was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 years

disabled motorist, drunk driver, hit and run

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Gary was the best man, husband, and father I have ever known. He loved being a police officer and worked his way up the ranks, with hopes to be chief of police one day. I truly believe he would happen. His life was taken way too soon and it’s truly missed.
I miss him everyday.
Cheryll Pricher

Cheryll Pricher

October 20, 2023

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