The flag pole at the Rick Rhyne Public Safety Center was recently remodeled by Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey, his deputies, and inmates. This was made possible through donations to the center. On April 23rd, 2013, The Moore County Sheriff’s Department named the new public safety center the Rick Rhyne Public Safety Center in honor of Deputy Rhyne and his service to the citizens of Moore County.
Deputy Sheriff Rick Rhyne was shot and killed after responding to investigate reports of trespassing at a home on Morrison Bridge Road on December 8, 2011. He was 58 years old.
While questioning two brothers, he learned that one of them had a warrant for outstanding child support. As he attempted to place the man under arrest, the man fatally shot him with a handgun. The suspect then committed suicide.
Deputy Rhyne had served with the Moore County Sheriff’s Office for four years, and he had a total of 37 years in law enforcement. He had previously served with the Pinehurst Police Department and as police chief of the Foxfire Police Department. He is survived by his wife, son, and two grandchildren.