Type of Officer: Undersheriff
Jurisdiction: Butler County
Death Date: 9/23/1962
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Heart Attack
Undersheriff Richards had returned to duty directing the Augusta office of the sheriff’s department after recuperating from a heart attack suffered on April 18. On September 23, he stopped a driver for drunk driving. After placing the suspect under arrest, Richards left the man in order to move the driver’s car from the road. As he did, the suspect fled. Richards fired a shot over the fleeing man’s head, radioed for assistance, and began a foot chase. He ran about one hundred feet, collapsed and died from a heart attack.