Corporal Michael Wayne Ritchie

Corporal Michael Wayne Ritchie

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Saturday, December 12, 1981

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Michael Wayne Ritchie

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.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I still remember the day this happened and I was working at the lady of the lake hospital....they brought in the store clerk to the emergency room that had been shot also....he also passed away later and I still remember how selfish their deaths the families my prayers are with you God Bless.....John

John Louis / security one
Lady of the lake security 1981

October 11, 2018

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