Special Agent Richard Heath, Jr.

Special Agent Richard Heath, Jr.

United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, April 1, 1973

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Richard Heath, Jr.

Special Agent Richard Heath died on April 1, 1973 in Quito, Ecuador, from complications of a gunshot wound he received during an undercover operation in Aruba, Netherlands Antilles, on February 22, 1973.

Special Agent Heath had served with the Drug Enforcement Administration for seven years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter and brother.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Overseas
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 22, 1973
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Agent Heath,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 1, 2023

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