IOWA LINE OF DUTY DEATH~ Police Officer David Riches
On October 3, 2011 Police Officer David Riches of the Anamosa Police Department died while on duty. Jeff Raash of the Gazette is reporting this story.
An Anamosa police officer and part-time deputy for the Jones County Sheriff’s office has died while on duty, officials said. Officer David S. Riches, 34, died early Monday morning, but his death is not considered suspicious, Anamosa Police Chief Bob Simonson said in a news release. Officials were releasing few details Monday, but Simonson confirmed the death occurred at the pedestrian bridge by the entrance to Wapsipinicon State Parkin Anamosa.
Simonson said Riches worked the overnight shift for the Anamosa police department and had just gone on duty at midnight. The chief said Riches did not have a call at the pedestrian bridge, which is located just above the dam on theWapsipiniconRiver. Because of Riches’ status as an officer, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was called in to investigate. DCI agents were on the scene Monday morning.
Riches’ patrol car was parked next to the bridge, and Simonson confirmed he had left the car there and walked out to the middle of the bridge. Gaye Riches, of Onslow, said the last communication her son had with the family was around midnight, when he sent a text message to his brother. She said the family still had many questions. “He was my son,” Riches said in a brief phone interview. “I loved him.”
Simonson said DCI agents had the text message, but he didn’t know what was in it. However, within 15 minutes of that message, another Anamosa officer on duty was sent to the bridge and found Riches’ body. Simonson said preliminary evidence would suggest Riches took his own life, but state DCI agents would be responsible for making that decision officially, after an autopsy is complete. According to Simonson, Riches is the first Anamosa police officer to die while on duty.
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