Sergeant Findley was born on June 5,1969. He was raised in Beltsville and graduated from High Point High School in 1987. Sergeant Findley joined the Prince George's County Police Department in July of 1998. Upon graduation in February of 1999, Sergeant Findley was assigned to the Beltsville District station. He initially served as a patrol officer and later became a member of the Special Assignment Team.
On the morning of June 27, 2008, Sergeant Findley was conducting surveillance at the Laurel Pines apartment complex on Bowie Road in Laurel. Sergeant Findley was watching an unoccupied vehicle that was displaying stolen registration plates in the parking lot. At approximately 11:45 am, two suspects approached and entered the vehicle. As Sergeant Findley exited his police vehicle to make contact, the suspects in the stolen vehicle accelerated and intentionally struck him. Sergeant Findley was dragged by the suspect vehicle and suffered severe injuries. He was rushed to Laurel Regional Hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
Sergeant Findley served the Prince George's County Police Department for 10 years and was the 25th member of this agency to make the ultimate sacrifice. He was the 47th law enforcement officer to give his life in service to this profession within Prince George's County.
At the time of his death, Sergeant Richard Findley was 39 years old and survived by his wife and two daughters.