Patrolman Richard Lewis Cash

Patrolman Richard Lewis Cash

Forest Park Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, January 3, 1996

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Richard Lewis Cash

Patrolman Ricky Cash was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Jonesboro Road and College Street in Forest Park.

Patrolman Cash made a traffic stop on a vehicle with two occupants. Patrolman Cash radioed for backup after the passenger started acting suspiciously. A lieutenant was nearby and responded to assist Patrolman Cash. When the lieutenant arrived, he and Patrolman Cash started questioning the passenger outside the vehicle.

During their conversation, the passenger assaulted Patrolman Cash and produced a small revolver. Patrolman Cash and the passenger started struggling, and the passenger shot Patrolman Cash several times, killing him. The passenger then shot the lieutenant, who returned fire, striking the passenger. The passenger was able to get back into the vehicle and fled the scene.

Patrolman Cash and his lieutenant were rushed to a local hospital, where Patrolman Cash later died. The suspects went to the same hospital, and the driver dropped off the passenger, who was also rushed to surgery, where he died.

Unbeknownst to either officer, the two suspects were also suspects in a homicide that occurred six months earlier. The driver pleaded guilty to felony murder and was sentenced to three concurrent life sentences for Patrolman Cash's murder and two other murders.

Patrolman Cash had served with the Forest Park Police Department for over three years. He was survived by his wife, son, stepdaughter, and daughter.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge C-32

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

convicted felon, traffic stop

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Ofc. Cash, I never had the privilege to meet met you in this life, however I was a police officer working the morning watch the night you were taken from us. I attended your funeral and saw your wife and son, Josh. He was just a young child then. They touched my heart in a way I'll never forget. I've thought about them ever since. Today, 26 years later while at work, a police officer came into my store. While paying for his merchandise we started talking and I told him I was a retired officer. He then asked if I had known you. At that moment I realized he was that little boy I had last seen at your funeral 26 years before . I was speechless. I'm sure you already know this but I could see how much he loved and respected you. Seeing him in his uniform 26 years later was one of the most humbling and emotional experiences of my life. I know you are so proud of him too. I believe everything happens for a reason and I just want you to know that I will pray for him every day, that God will watch over him and keep him safe. Rest in peace my brother. I look forward to meeting you in the next life.

Sgt. M. Masters
East Point Police Department (Retired)

October 18, 2022

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