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.

Bio

  • Age 23
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

domestic

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David
Thank you for your service to our great nation and to your city. You left us much too soon. As an ex-paratrooper myself, I applaud your service and sacrifice. When you died I was a young detective sergeant in Reno. "All the Way".

Jim Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nevada)

April 12, 2019

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