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Portsmouth police officer dies on duty while driving car
Officer Down: Richard L. Spaulding - [Portsmouth, Virginia]
Additional Info: Officer Spaulding was an auxillary officer from 1996 to 1999 when he became a paid officer. Officer Spaulding is survived by his wife and two children.
Cause of Death: Officer Spaulding died when his patrol car crashed while transporting a suspect. The cause of death is still under investigation, however it is speculated that it was due to a medical condition.
Date of Incident: November 23, 2005
By John-Henry Doucette, The Virginian-Pilot
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Richard L. Spaulding, a police officer, died Wednesday of natural causes while driving a suspect downtown following an early-morning car chase through the city.
Spaulding, 49, was traveling near where Interstate 264 and Portsmouth Boulevard meet when he apparently suffered a medical problem, drove off a highway on-ramp, down an embankment and collided with a tree.
Spaulding, of Portsmouth, was pronounced dead at Maryview Medical Center at 7:45 a.m . He is survived by his wife, Monica, two children, a grandchild and another one on the way.
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