Officer Meredith Stanley Runck, Jr.

Officer Meredith Stanley Runck, Jr.

Riviera Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, April 5, 1974

Meredith Stanley Runck, Jr.

Officer Runck was shot and killed with his own weapon after responding to a domestic disturbance call. Upon arrival he was told by a female victim that that the man had threatened to murder her. Officer Runck ordered the man to go home but he refused. As it began to rain Officer Runck stepped into the house and told the man not to enter it. The suspect continued to disobey the orders and was then advised that he was under arrest. Officer Runck took him by the arm and began to lead him towards the police car when a struggle ensued and Officer Runck hit the suspect with his baton.
Both men fell to the ground and the suspect gained control of Officer Runck's .357 caliber revolver and pointed it at his chest. Officer Runck shouted "Don't shoot, don't shoot" but the suspect shot him four times and then started yelling "I done shot the law." The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to 55 years in prison but was later murdered while incarcerated.
Officer Runck had been with the agency for 15 months.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 1 year, 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Murdered in prison

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I was nine years old in 1975, yet I remember the incident as if it took place yesterday. My father, then-a Riviera Beach Police Officer, responded to a telephone call from Det. Doug West, one of my dad's best friends and fellow officer, describing the incident. Soon thereafter we watched the news about the incident and excerpts from the funeral that took place a couple of days later. Later that year a baseball field was renamed to Runck's honor.

Reynaldo Acosta, Support Services, CSU
Riviera Beach PD

May 12, 2018

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