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 at 5 a.m.

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 was a United States Army veteran and had served with the Roanoke City Police Department for less than one year. He is survived by his son, father, mother, two brothers, and three sisters.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 11 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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


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Drinking some TN moonshine & raising a mason jar to salute you Brother. Raign's "knocking on heavens door" playing on the speakers.
If you have any sway up there please see if you can saddle up and ride with St. Michael. The world is going to shit. No respect for Blue lives anymore. So much evil. So much pain. We need a miracle to save our country from the democrat party nazi's who preach hatred and violence towards all law and order. Hope to see you again someday and ride with you and St. Michael with God's blessing. This we'll defend! To serve and PROTECT !!!

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