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Rumford officer killed after confrontation
PERU — A Rumford police officer who was fatally shot by a Maine warden is being remembered as family man with a good sense of humor whose childhood goal was to join the police force.
Eric Richard, 46, an administrative officer with the Rumford Police Department, was shot three times Thursday in an armed confrontation with Warden Jeremy Judd. According to a statement from Warden Service
Colonel Joel Wilkinson, state police troopers and wardens were helping Rumford police search a wooded area for Richard, who was armed and had been reported as despondent.
The State Medical Examiners Office said that Richard died of three gunshot wounds. On Friday, the Attorney General's Office confirmed that Judd fired those shots. Judd is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
Family members gathered Friday at Richard's parents' home in Peru to share their memories.
Richard's cousin, Michelle DeRoche-Johnson, told the Sun Journal that Richard was respected for his work with Rumford police and through his other personal interests, including sports and music.
Richard had a leg injury that also kept him in a great deal of pain. He had an office job at the police department and served as a dispatcher at the Oxford County Sheriff's Department. Richard lived with his wife Tamera at the end of Cedar Lane. They have two adult children.