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Marshal Marvin Eugene Richie | Magazine Police Department, Arkansas Magazine Police Department, Arkansas

Marshal

Marvin Eugene Richie

Magazine Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 29, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Executed in 1997

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Marshal Marvin Richie was shot and killed by two Oklahoma prison escapees who had murdered two fisherman following their escape.

The two men escaped by tunneling under the prison walls. Marshal Richie observed a suspicious vehicle containing the two and stopped it. During the stop he was overpowered, handcuffed, and forced into the trunk of his patrol car. The suspects then drove into the Little Rock Ranger District where they were stopped by two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers non-law enforcement park rangers who saw Marshal Richie's patrol car and went to investigate.

The two suspects surprised the rangers and held them at gunpoint. They forced one of the rangers into the trunk with Marshal Richie and forced the other to stay in the ranger's truck. Before closing the trunk lid one of the suspects shot Marshal Richie in the head, killing him, and the ranger in the chest. The suspects then abducted the other ranger, took him to an isolated area and murdered him execution style. The ranger who was shot in the chest recovered from his wounds. The suspects fled but were apprehended the following month in Portland, Oregon, by the FBI.

Both suspects were sentenced to death and subsequently executed on January 8th, 1997.

Marshal Richie was survived by his wife.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
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July 4, 2015

 

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