Deputy Sheriff Edward Joseph Alva

Deputy Sheriff Edward Joseph Alva

Richland County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, December 24, 1992

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Edward Joseph Alva

Deputy Sheriff Edward Alva was accidentally shot and killed by his partner while struggling with a mentally ill man during a domestic disturbance call.

Deputy Alva had served with the Richland County Sheriff's Department for four years and had previously served with the Alaska State Troopers for one year. He was survived by his two daughters, parents, and sister.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

crossfire, domestic, EDP

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Joe worked with me in 1982 at a State Temporary Holding Facility (jail) in Bethel, AK, for at least a year before moving south. He learned quickly and did a good job. All of these years later, I still occasionally think of him. He was liked in our small community and was a friend to one of my sons.

Cpl Patrick Hames, Retired
Alaska State Troopers

May 24, 2020

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