Patrolman Leaward Robert Rich

Patrolman Leaward Robert Rich

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, December 13, 1974

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Leaward Robert Rich

Patrolman Leaward Rich and Patrolman Edwin Stephenson were killed in an automobile crash while en route to assist another officer who was chasing a stolen car.

During their response the police car left the roadway and struck a tree at Brook Street and Westwood Avenue, causing fatal injuries to both officers.

Patrolman Rich was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Richmond Police Department for four years.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

December 13, 2020

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