Lieutenant Richard Walters Gould

Lieutenant Richard Walters Gould

Florence Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, August 22, 1989

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Richard Walters Gould

Lieutenant Richard Gould was shot and killed while working at the front desk at the police station in the City-County Complex 3:00 pm.

A mentally ill person entered the station and asked to speak to the watch commander. Lieutenant Gould took him to his office and spoke to him for about five minutes before the man suddenly pulled out a .38 caliber revolver and shot him in the head. The man then ran outside of the building and shot himself in the head.

Lieutenant Gould had served with the Florence Police Department fro 11-1/2 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 11 years, 6 months
  • Badge 209

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

ambush, EDP

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