Deputy Sheriff Richard Roach

Deputy Sheriff Richard Roach

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, August 22, 1874

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Richard Roach

Deputy Sheriff Dick Roach was shot and killed while sitting on his front porch in a Tampa suburb.

It is believed that he was murdered in retaliation by family members of a man he had killed two months earlier as the man resisted arrest, although no one was ever arrested or charged.

Deputy Roach was likely born into slavery in South Carolina and became one of the first black law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Florida. He was survived by his wife, mother, and three siblings.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Never identified

ambush, at home, retaliation

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Deputy Roach, on this day and everyday we say thank you for your service and for the legacy you surely left for the African American officers that followed in your footsteps in such a noble and admirable profession. Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 22, 2020

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