Sheriff Park Richards

Sheriff Park Richards

Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, November 18, 1976

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Park Richards

Sheriff Richards was shot and killed while he and a state trooper served a lunacy warrant on a man living in a cave. As the officers approached the area, after walking several hundred yards from the road, the suspect noticed them and began to walk away. The officers identified the man and stated their intent. The man suddenly turned around and opened fire with a rifle, striking Sheriff Richards in the throat. Both officers were able to return fire, fatally wounding the suspect.


  • Age 62
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Rest in peace Sheriff Richards.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 21, 2019

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