Investigator Richard Benjamin Snyder

Investigator Richard Benjamin Snyder

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Thursday, September 20, 1984

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Richard Benjamin Snyder

Investigator Richard Snyder was shot and killed while conducting an investigation on Corn Field Road in Mamakating.

Investigator Snyder had previously arrested the subject, and the man had stated that he would kill the man who arrested him. When Investigator Snyder arrived at the house after 8:00 p.m., he was ambushed and shot three times.

After killing Investigator Snyder, the suspect placed his body in the trunk of his patrol car and drove it to New York City. While the disappearance of Investigator Snyder was being investigated, the suspect hung himself near Princeton, New Jersey. The suspect had been released on bail for conspiracy and attempted robbery. He had also been a suspect in at least one other murder in the area and

Investigator Snyder's body was found on October 2, 1984, in the trunk of his patrol car off of Wards Island, New York City.

Investigator Snyder was a United States Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran and had served with the New York State Police for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 3524
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .222 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide

investigation, murder suspect, retaliation

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