Constable Richard Melio Verdecchia Ontario Provincial Police Ontario End of Watch: Friday, January 2, 1981
Biographical Info Age: 35 Tour of Duty: 11 years Badge Number: 4070
Incident Details Cause of Death: Gunfire Date of Incident: Not available Weapon Used: Not available Suspect Info: Not available
Constable Verdecchia died from gunshot wounds he received in a two hour shootout which left another police officer hospitalized with five gunshot wounds.
Constable Verdecchia, was found dead in a snowbank about seven hours after being shot. His revolver was stolen and his cruiser was found parked in a nearby laneway. He was about four kilometres from where he had last radioed his detachment that he had stopped a car on highway 11. The other injured officer Constable Neil Hurtubise, 45 was reported in serious but stable condition. A service station attendant Neil (Chester) Blackmore, 50, was also killed in the incident.
Charged with the crimes were 2 males. A 17 year old and an 18 year old.
Constable Verdecchia was with the OPP for 11 years.
Constable Verdecchia was survived by his wife and daughter.