Ricky Anderson

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Service Record

Columbus Ohio Division of Police

Rank Officer
Dates of Service September 1991 - May 2004[1]
June 2004[1] - March 3, 2023[2]
Salary $110,968 (2022)[3]
Last Known Status Retired[4]

Commendations

1993 Special Commendation

In October 1993, Anderson received a Special Commendation for performing CPR on a man who had been in an accident.[1]

2012 Special Commendation

In March 2012, Anderson received a Special Commendation for locating a woman with Alzheimer's disease.[1]

2012 Silver Cross Award

In March 2012, Anderson received the Silver Cross Award after helping to rescue a woman from a burning building.[1]

2016 Special Commendation

In March 2012, Anderson received a Special Commendation after being involved in serving a warrant where the man barricaded himself inside the home and shot at officers.[1]

2017 First Aid / Life Saving Award

In July 2017, Anderson received a First Aid / Life Saving Award after helping a woman who was overdosing.[1]

2017 First Aid / Life Saving Award

In 2017, Anderson received a First Aid / Life Saving Award after acting to save the life of a suicidal man.[1]

2017 Medal of Merit

In 2017, Anderson received the Medal of Merit "for his high degree of personal initiative and contributing significantly to the achievement of law enforcement goals".[1]


Incident Reports

2004 Wage Theft

Anderson was paid for special duty jobs that he did not work.[1]

Response Timeline

Anderson was placed on paid administrative leave.[1]

Criminal charges were filed against Anderson and another officer.[1]

Anderson repaid the bank and went through a diversion program. The charges were dropped.[1]

In May 2004, Anderson was fired.[1]

Anderson and the union appealed to an arbitrator.[1]

In June 2004, an arbitrator reinstated Anderson.[1]

2022 Death of Donovan Lewis

Body-worn camera footage
Ricky Anderson booking photo
Ricky Anderson

On August 30, 2022, multiple officers attempted to arrest Lewis for outstanding warrants for domestic violence, assault, and improper handling of a firearm. While searching Lewis' apartment for him, Anderson opened Lewis' bedroom door. Lewis was seated on his bed, holding an object. Anderson fired, striking Lewis.[5][1]

Lewis died at the hospital.[6]

The incident was captured on officers' body-worn cameras.[5]

The object Lewis was holding was a vape pen.[5]

Response Timeline

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation opened an investigation.[6]

Anderson was placed on paid administrative leave.[7]

On February 16, 2023, Lewis' family filed a lawsuit against Lewis and officers Chance Knox, Harry Dorsey, Jack Randall, and Justin Dodrill.[7]

On March 3, 2023, Anderson resigned in bad standing.[2]

On August 4, 2023, a Franklin County jury indicted Anderson for murder and reckless homicide. Anderson faces 15 years to life for murder and 9 months to three years in prison for homicide. Both charges carry an three-year gun specification.[5]

On August 7, 2023, Anderson pleaded not guilty.[8]

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