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 Snyder was shot and killed at the home of a suspect. 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.

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 had served with the New York State Police for 10 years and was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 3524

Incident Details

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

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May God bless you Mr. Ed Snyder for never forgetting Inv. Richard Snyder, your brother. He's in Heaven where he belongs. May God also bless Richard's two beautiful daughters and their mother.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police

October 13, 2016

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