Patrolman David W. Rickman

Patrolman David W. Rickman

Roanoke City Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, April 12, 1986

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David W. Rickman

Patrolman David Rickman was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a domestic disturbance call.

The officers were in the process of arresting the female subject's ex-boyfriend when she came to the door with a handgun and discharged the weapon. The round passed through Officer Rickman's left arm and entered his chest through an opening in his vest. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

The woman claimed the gun discharged accidentally. She was convicted of manslaughter and received a 10 year prison sentence.

Patrolman Rickman is survived by his son.


  • Age 23
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

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Can it be 30 years? Not possible, as it is still so real and still hurts so much.

There are so many details of that time that are still so vivid, but know also how very special it was for me years later to sit and watch the Major League All-Star game in my home with your son Chad there with me. He was just starting to walk when you left. Chad has grown into a fine man and I am pleased that I got to see him grow. I wish you had that opportunity.

Early spring flowers were blooming then in April of 1986 and they always return in April. And it is a sign of Hope.

Captain Bill Althoff (ret.)
Roanoke City Police

April 12, 2016

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