Corporal Paul Richard Deguch

Photo of Corporal Paul Richard Deguch
End of Watch: Sun, Aug 24th, 1997
Date of Incident: Sun, Aug 24th, 1997
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 7 years
Age: 30


His wife, 2-month-old daughter and two young sons


Corporal Paul Deguch was shot and killed while questioning a suspect who was riding a bike in a high drug traffic area. The suspect produced a handgun and shot Corporal Deguch several times, including once in the head, as he was being searched for weapons.

Corporal Deguch was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to wound one hour later.

The 16-year-old suspect was arrested three hours later and charged with murder. On July 9, 1999, the suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.


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