Deputy Sheriff Eric Andrew Thach

Deputy Sheriff Eric Andrew Thach

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, October 8, 1999

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Eric Andrew Thach

Deputy Eric Thach was shot and killed after being ambushed at a home-invasion robbery at the 9100 Block of Kennedy Street in Pedley at 130 pm.

He had responded to the call when neighbors noticed a strange man at the house. While at the scene, Deputy Thach was shot with an assault rifle, and the shot penetrated his protective vest. At the time he was shot, Deputy Thach had not even seen the suspect.

He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead about two hours later.

The suspect then left the scene and started several brush fires in the area in an attempt to escape. Other responding deputies shot and killed the suspect near the fires.

Deputy Thach had served with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for three years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Semi-automatic
  • Offender Shot and killed

ambush, robbery in progress

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I came across this site after getting a notification of the anniversary of Eric's death. I was one of the nurses in the ER the day he was shot. I have never forgotten him and his service. My prayers to the family.

Ingrid McCarthy

October 6, 2022

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