As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
June 01, 2004
Off-Duty D.C. Officer Slain After Attempted Robbery, Shootout
Officer Down: Clifton Rife - [Washington, ]
The Associated Press
Oxon Hill, Md. (AP) -- An off-duty District of Columbia police
officer was killed early Wednesday after a shootout with a teenager
who allegedly attempted to rob him, authorities said.
Sgt. Clifton Rife, 34, was slain about 4:30 a.m. outside an apartment
building in the Maryland suburb of Oxon Hill, said Sgt. Joe Gentile,
D.C. police spokesman. The robbery suspect, 16-year-old Jonathan
Montinous Washington, was also killed.
Rife was a 13-year veteran with the police department's narcotics
branch, Gentile said. He is survived by a wife and two children.
"He contributed an awful lot to our department," Metropolitan Police
Chief Charles Ramsey said during a news conference outside Prince
George's Hospital Center. "We're going to miss him very much."
Sgt. Tammy Sparkman, with Prince George's County police, said Rife
was visiting a friend on the 5400 block of Livingston Terrace when he
was allegedly approached outside the apartment building by
Washington. Washington lived nearby in the 5600 block of Livingston
Terrace, according to police.
Shots were fired by both men, Sparkman said. Washington was
pronounced dead at the scene. The police officer was taken by
helicopter to the hospital after summoning help.
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