Sergeant Frederick Albert Riggenbach

Sergeant Frederick Albert Riggenbach

Chitimacha Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Saturday, January 26, 2013

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Frederick Albert Riggenbach

Sergeant Rick Riggenbach was shot and killed after he and two St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to reports of a mobile home fire and an armed subject on Flatown Road, near Charenton, shortly after 9:00 am. The fire was reported just off of tribal land about one quarter mile from a Chitimacha-owned casino.

When Sergeant Riggenbach arrived at the scene the subject shot him with a shotgun, fatally wounding him. The subject then opened fire on the two St. Mary Parish deputies as they arrived at the scene moments later. Both deputies were critically wounded. The subject, who was also wounded at some point during the incident, was taken into custody by responding officers and transported to a local hospital.

After the house fire was extinguished, the body of its owner was discovered in the debris. The subject who started the fire was a neighbor with a history of mental illness.

Sergeant Riggenbach was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Chitimacha Tribal Police Department for 4-1/2 years. He had previuosly served 10-1/2 years with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife, son, three daughters, and grandchildren. He is buried in Morgan City Cemetery and Mausoleum in Morgan City, Louisiana.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge T506
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Louisiana
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Charged with murder

ambush, arson, EDP, fire, murder suspect

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Many years later and many memories ago, I worked with Rick in the oilfields near Morgan City. Oilfield Testers and Equipment was the company name. Rick was a hard working loyal friend. We lost touch with each other over the years. But I always remembered his smile and ever positive outlook. Finding out that he was killed is a blow to the heart. Rick my brother RIP and I'll see you again my brother!

Woody Smith - Federal Firefighter
OFT&E "F Troop"

July 23, 2019

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