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Richard J. Halford

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, November 3, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48
Tour: 26 years
Badge # Not available

Cause: Aircraft accident
Incident Date: 11/3/2012
Weapon: Not available
Suspect: Not available

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Police Officer Richard Halford and Police Officer Shawn Smiley were killed in a helicopter crash while assisting in the search for a missing 9-year-old boy at approximately 10:30 pm.

They were flying low over an area approximately four miles west of downtown when the helicopter suddenly crashed to the ground near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Hamilton E. Holmes Drive. The helicopter exploded after impacting the ground. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the NTSB and FAA.

The boy they were searching for was found safe a short time later.

Officer Halford had served with the Atlanta Police Department for 26 years and had been assigned as a pilot in the Air Unit for 16 years. He is survived by his daughter.

Related news coverage:
· Atlanta Officers Killed in Helicopter Crash 11/4/2012
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Officer Kim Jones
Public Affairs Unit
Atlanta Police Department
226 Peachtree Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: (404) 546-7237

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