Deputy Sheriff Eric Andrew Thach

Deputy Sheriff Eric Andrew Thach

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, October 8, 1999

Eric Andrew Thach

Deputy Thach was shot and killed after being ambushed at a home-invasion robbery. He had responded to the call when neighbors of the home 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 been with the agency for three years and 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

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This year flew by, Brother. It’s 18 years into eternity. Your name and deeds stay alive with us. Many of those, there, that day are now retired. Your story will carry on. Rest well.

Mike Angeli Sr. Dep. - retired
Riverside Co. Sheriff

October 9, 2017

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