Correctional Officer Richard H. Rogers

Correctional Officer Richard H. Rogers

Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, March 29, 1970

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Richard H. Rogers

Correctional Officer Richard Rogers and Assistant Director Donald Smith were shot and killed inside of the Parker Elementary School in Sumner, Georgia, while attempting to apprehend an escapee from the George State Prison in Reidsville.

The prison trusty had escaped four days earlier while working inside of the assistant warden's home. He was able to gain control of a handgun inside of the home and then took the assistant warden's wife hostage before stealing several more firearms. He forced the hostage to drive him over 100 miles before letting her go. She immediately alerted local authorities who immediately started a massive search for the man.

Officers from the Georgia State Prison were also sent to Sumner to lead the search. Assistant Director Smith and Officer Rogers were part of a group of four officers who located fresh tracks near the elementary school and found it unlocked. As they began to search the school the escapee suddenly emerged from the principal's office and opened fire with a shotgun, killing Assistant Director Smith and Officer Rogers. One of the other two officers was wounded as they retreated and called for assistance.

The inmate then barricaded himself inside of the school's auditorium. He was shot and killed when he opened fire on approaching officers.

Officer Rogers had served with the Georgia State Prison for six years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, and parents. His father was the superintendent of a state prison farm on which Officer Roger was born and raised.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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My dearest cousin Richard (Dickey). I will never forget you or the day that the phone call came that you had been shot and killed. What a shock! We drove from Atlanta to Reidsville as fast as possible. Your mother (my Aunt Rose from whom I get my middle name) had your bloody uniform in the washing machine when we arrived. I will never forget that. You were an only child. Two young children no longer had their father. You were shot in the face. Now all I have is memories. You will always be remembered. I love you Dickey. Your parents are gone. Your kids, Shane and Shanna, have grown into fine adults and are doing well. You live on in them. Govenor Joe Frank Harris named Rogers Correctional Facility after you. Your service ended with the ultimate sacrifice. R.I.P. Cuz.

Cynthia Tiller Drummond

January 4, 2013

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