Salt Lake City, UT - Unified Police Officer Jon Richey was found dead at his home Saturday morning, February 11, 2017.
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Officer Jon Richey, age 52, did not show up to work and was discovered during a welfare check. The Unified Police Department is still mourning the recent death of Officer Brian Holdaway, who died from a medical condition while at the agency, and whose funeral was held the same day that Richy's body was found. Only a week before Officer Hodlaway died, Unified Police Detective Brooks Green died at his home from “a sudden cardiac event.”
On January 17, 2016, UPD Officer Jon Richey was shot in both legs during a violent confrontation with a wanted fugitive, Corey Lee Henderson. Another Unified Police Officer, Doug Barney, was shot and killed during that same incident. Officer Richey had recovered from those injuries. He and two other Officers who shot and killed Henderson were later cleared by the Salt Lake City District Attorney, according to KUTV.
In a tweet on Saturday afternoon, the Salt Lake City Police Department said that it was mourning the loss of Richey "with heavy heart." Officer Jon Richey grew up in Holladay and graduated from high school in 1982. He became the youngest police officer in the state of Utah in 1984 when he was just 19-years-old. Officer Richey worked in four different agencies and trained and handled six police K9s. His most recent K9 was a bloodhound named Molly.
Officer Jon Richey previously said that one of his "greatest pleasures" was to "participate in the successful deployments of each and every K9 Team" that he had the pleasure to work and train with. In 1988, he helped start the K9 program at the Salt Lake City Police Department. He went on to work in various divisions including as a detective with Narcotics, Larceny, Burglary, Robbery, and Homicide.
Before his first retirement in 2007, Officer Richey served as a Sergeant, Detective, and Detective Sergeant. Later in his career, Officer Jon Richey was hired by the Salt Lake City Sheriff's Office, which has since became the Unified Police Department. He was described by a former colleague as an officer who was "able to interview anybody. His mannerisms were so smooth and engaging; he truly taught me how to interact with suspects and victims."
There were no indications of foul play. The Salt Lake City Police Department is conducting the investigation and would not release further details except to say that the Medical Examiner would determine the cause of death.
We send our thoughts and prayers to the family of UPD Officer Jon Richey, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take it from here.
We can only imagine how hard thing must be in the Unified Police Department right now, and our thought and prayers are with the entire department as well as the families of the fallen heroes.
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