Officer Gordon Joseph Rich

Officer Gordon Joseph Rich

Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, April 5, 1986

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 shooter was convicted and sentenced to prison for 33 years to life. He has his first parole hearing in February, 2019.

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

Bio

  • Age 45
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 325

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Officer Gordon Joseph Rich of the Columbus Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 63 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

April 5, 2018

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