Person of interest named in Robert Doerr case

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EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) – Evansville Police announced Wednesday Larry Richmond Sr. is a person of interest in the shooting death of Robert Doerr in 2019.

The Evansville Police Department said Richmond Sr. is already in federal custody on unrelated charges.

On February 26, 2019, around 7 p.m., Doerr, 51, was shot and killed in his driveway on Oakley Street in Evansville.

Eyewitness News’ archives show in 1996, at just 17 years old, Richmond, Sr. pleaded guilty to shooting and killing 70-year-old James Montgomery. Richmond was sentenced to 45 years in prison and five years’ probation, but he was released from prison in March of 2018.

In March 2019, Richmond Sr. was arrested again after police obtained a search warrant for a home on Sheffield Drive in Evansville.

Richmond’s son told police his dad may have buried guns. Police later found a buried box of guns in the backyard of the home. They located a Taurus PT745C, Smith and Wesson MP9, and Sig Saur P938, all with their serial numbers filed off. A box of .45 caliber ammunition and 9MM ammunition, wrapped in tube socks inside the box. Police were unable to locate a fourth gun, a Taurus Judge. According to the affidavit, Richmond’s son says he stole it in September 2018 from a pawn shop he used to work at. Richmond, Sr. was charged with three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, three counts of possession of an altered handgun, and possession of meth. Those charges were later dropped after a federal jury indicted him on similar charges.

Robert Doerr had been an Evansville firefighter for 27 years. He was laid to rest on March 4 at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

The very next day, on March 5, Doerr’s wife, Elizabeth Fox Doerr was arrested on an obstruction of justice charge. According to an Evansville Police affidavit, Fox-Doerr removed a record from her cell phone the night of the murder of her husband.

According to Evansville Police, she was interviewed on February 26 after her husband was killed. Officers say she did not mention deleting a phone call that was received moments before she called 911.

Through cell phone records, EPD was able to confirm a record of a phone call was deleted. Fox-Doerr was interviewed again on March 4. During that interview she admitted to deleting that phone call.

Charges against Fox-Doerr were dropped in October. The Prosecutor’s Office says it dropped the charges at the request of the Evansville Police Department to ensure the trial did not interfere with the investigation of Doerr’s death. The Prosecutor’s office can re-file the charges against Fox in the future.

Police are asking anyone with information on this case to contact EPD.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 26, 2020)

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