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Battle Ground police Sgt. Richard Kelly confiscated illicit drugs hours before overdosing, says report

Officer was found unresponsive at his desk, died of an overdose of fentanyl and methamphetamines

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: March 27, 2024, 6:05am
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Battle Ground police Sgt. Richard Kelly confiscated illicit drugs hours before he suffered a fatal overdose in his office, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office found.

In the first batch of records from a Cowlitz County review of Kelly’s death, the agency sought to answer questions from the former Battle Ground police chief about Kelly’s on-the-job death.

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