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 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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Oh my dear David, sitting here crying over another senseless killing of an officer in Arkansas this weekend. Of course all I can do is think of you. So young, 23 and we were just starting to learn how to really love. That fateful night we went out and had such a wonderful time. I’ll never forget as you drove me home you said that it was time for another officer to be killed in the line of duty....I was incredulous as you calmly explained statically it was simply a fact. You were so analytical as I asked you to just stop trying to explain percentages. Such a sweet sweet man as you kissed me goodnight and promised to call in the morning as always when your shift was over. You never did.

Jennifer Hilton

December 10, 2019

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