Officer Meredith Stanley "Skip" Runck, Jr.

Officer Meredith Stanley "Skip" Runck, Jr.

Riviera Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, April 5, 1974

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Meredith Stanley "Skip" Runck, Jr.

Officer Skip 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 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 Riviera Beach Police Department for 15 months. He was survived by his wife, parents, and two brothers.

Bio

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

Incident Details

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

domestic

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Officer Skip Runck was one of the best officers I had the pleasure to work with and supervise in my 38 year career! He was professional and respected all people and was an excellent verbal communicator. Being a United States Marine certainly helped in his police work. I was a young lieutenant assigned as a patrol division watch commander when Officer Runck started working with us. I helped carry his casket. He will forever remain in my thoughts. Wish I could have been on that call with you on that awful day
Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice.
James O. FitzGerald
Retired chief at Riviera B each and Palm Beach Gardens.

Chief of police James FitzGerald
Riviera Beach Police

April 8, 2022

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