Officer Richard L. Vauris

Officer Richard L. Vauris

Clinton Township Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, February 19, 2001

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Richard L. Vauris

Officer Richard Vauris was shot and killed after he and other officers responded to an unwanted person call.

The suspect had entered the apartment of family members who feared he was suicidal. Officer Vauris, who had recently been assigned as a negotiator, and several officers were in the kitchen with the man when a struggle ensued. The suspect gained control of one of the officers' weapon and shot Officer Vauris, who was not wearing a vest, in the chest twice. Other officers in the room returned fire, killing the suspect.

Officer Vauris had been employed with the Clinton Township Police Department for four years, after retiring from the Detroit Police Department as a 27-year veteran. He is the first officer to be killed in his agency's 35-year history.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 31 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed by other officers

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Dick we have a special kinship with Shawn. You were my partner in 1 IOS working boosters and we worked together in Armed Robbery. We shared some after work drinks and you and I and Shawn lived together.We were both Vietnam veterans and loved the work we did. Even continuing with different police departments after we left Detroit. I think about you a lot along with the other 42 officers who died while I worked in Detroit. I know that you and my son are watching over the rest of us.

Sgt. Max Bandy
Detroit & Livonia PD

February 20, 2015

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