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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I still miss you but I don't think that will ever change. A Lot has changed since my last reflection. I'm at Henry now. Didn't want to really leave Forest Park but thing change and things happen. I've managed to make it on our crime suppression unit as a CPL/Field investigator. Nelson ended up back at HCPD in training and we spent a good bit of time talking in his office and with new recruits about you. As I'm sure y'all are up there together now, he is no longer with us. Big Daddy is to I'm sure. I lost a friend of mine on 11/08/2021. That still hurts pretty bad, just couldn't get to him fast enough before things went south. I'm sure he has introduced himself to you by now. Well I just wanted to check in. I love you.

Cpl/Inv J.Cash
Henry County PD/ Your son

January 3, 2023

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