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Corporal Michael Wayne Ritchie | East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Corporal

Michael Wayne Ritchie

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch: Saturday, December 12, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 10 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Corporal Ritchie was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery in progress at a local convenience store. He was in uniform, en route to work, when he stopped at the store to buy coffee. A suspect was inside robbing the store and disarmed Corporal Ritchie when he entered. The suspect then shot him and shot and killed store clerk with his own service weapon.

The suspect was apprehended, found guilty of two counts of second degree murder, and sentenced to life without parole.

Corporal Ritchie had served with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office for only 10 months and was survived by his wife and child.

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