Officer Gordon Joseph Rich

Officer Gordon Joseph Rich

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, April 5, 1986

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Gordon Joseph Rich

Officer Gordon Rich was shot and killed with his own weapon while making a traffic stop. Unbeknownst to Officer Rich, the men had just committed a robbery. He had placed both men in the back seat of his cruiser. One of them was able to gain control of his weapon and shot him. He attempted to call for help on his police radio but was unable to speak to the dispatcher. A witness to the shooting followed the suspects who were later apprehended.

The 25-year-old shooter was convicted of murder and sentenced to prison for 33 years to life. He was denied parole in February, 2019. His next parole hearing will be on February 1, 2029.

Officer Rich had been with the agency for 23 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and two step children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 325

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Joe (Uncle Joe), Dad (Bob Rosie Reichgott 631) always thought of you as a Brother. He passed away in January. Hopefully you two have met up and are patrolling the Heavenly Freeways together. You are missed by so many.

Lieutenant Max Reichgott
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July 9, 2021

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