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 was an incredibly outgoing, charismatic police officer, and a very good friend. I knew him when he first worked district 1 in the City of Columbia, and I worked district 3. Our districts overlapped on Two Notch and we spent a great deal of time together both on the street and in our off time. When he decided to join Richland County, I stayed, having gotten the projects in my blood. That later came back to bite me, but Joe never abandoned his friends and helped me work through my own issues. I still think of him every Christmas. It was on that eve that God received him, and I have to guess that he took him in as a gift to those whose lives needed brightening. None of us are perfect, Joe wasn't perfect, but he gave alot to those around him in the way of happiness and brotherhood. I will never forget Joe Alva. His parents came to visit from Alaska and I thought they were fantastic people. Oddly these many years later I just happened to see this post from out of the blue. Oddly I say because in 3 days I will be driving my Jeep from Orange Park Florida where I now live, to Anchorage for a new position as an aircraft mechanic at Ted Stevens International. I hope to find his family there and honor his memory.

Tony Cicora
Former fellow officer and friend

September 7, 2020

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