Special Officer Richard O. Busch

Special Officer Richard O. Busch

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, March 20, 1870

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Richard O. Busch

Special Officer Richard Busch was shot and killed at the intersection of Broad Street and Jefferson Street as he and several other officers attempted to disperse a large group of men who were creating a disturbance.

When the officers arrived at the location part of the group left the area, but many refused to leave. At around 9:00 pm several shots were fired at the officers and Officer Busch and a detective were struck. Officer Busch died at the scene but the detective recovered.

Officer Busch was survived by his wife and two children. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Officer Busch,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Richmond.


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March 20, 2020

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