Deputy Sheriff Eric Otis Ritter

Deputy Sheriff Eric Otis Ritter

Moore County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, August 19, 2021

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Eric Otis Ritter

Deputy Sheriff Eric Ritter died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while on duty at the Moore County Courthouse.

Deputy Ritter had served three years with the Moore County Sheriff's Office and had previously served 30 years with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. He is survived by his wife, daughter, three granddaughters, parents, and a brother.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 33 years
  • Badge 79

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Saturday, July 31, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Eric Ritter and thank you for your service.

CBP Officer(retired), Luis R Otero
DHS/Bureau Of Customs And Border Protection

November 2, 2021

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