Patrolman Richey O'Brian Finch

Patrolman Richey O'Brian Finch

Forest Acres Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, February 21, 1974

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Richey O'Brian Finch

Patrolman Richey Finch was shot and killed during a traffic stop. During the stop one of the occupants ran to the patrol car and opened fire, killing Patrolman Finch. After the shooting the three suspects fled and began to hitchhike on I-20.

Deputy Ernest Potter and his partner, of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Department, stopped the suspects several hours later when they observed them hitchhiking. As the deputies stepped out of their patrol car one of the men opened fire, killing Deputy Potter and wounding his partner.

The subject was convicted of murder and sentenced to life plus 99 years.


  • Age Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Never forgotten! We continue to honor you for your service and remember the family left behind! God bless!

Lois Rao, Surviving Mother
Surviving Mother, SCHP Sr. Trp. Michael J. Rao, EOW 6/12/2002

February 8, 2017

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