Deputy Sheriff Rodney Kevin Kinzy

Deputy Sheriff Rodney Kevin Kinzy

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, April 17, 1990

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Rodney Kevin Kinzy

Deputy Rodney Kinzy was shot and killed when he responded to a shootout in Noble County, Ohio. He was shot as he attempted to warn other officers to seek cover. The suspect was killed by return gunfire.

Deputy Kinzy had been with the Washington County Sheriff's Office for three-and-half years. He was survived by his daughter and two sons.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 1086

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Killed by other officers

active shooter

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Rodney was a great man. I thought of him as an uncle. He was my dad's partner, and lived at my grandma's house for a while. I remember hanging out with him all the time. I would watch practice archery, and he would talk with me about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The last time I saw him was right before he went on his last shift. He had driven over, in his cruiser, to get the paper from my parents. I ran out to see him, and waved as he left. His last words to me were "see you later buddy." When I woke up the next day for school I walked into the living room, and immediately understood something was wrong. My parents had clearly not slept, and my dad was sitting on the couch still in a state of shock. He told me Rodney had been killed. I was 8, and that day was over 32 years ago. I still think about Rodney often, and how he was stolen from those who loved him. I'm much older now than when he was when he was murdered. His loss is still felt.

Captain Japheth Rauch
US Army

July 13, 2022

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