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


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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It is hard to believe that Mike has been gone for 32 years tomorrow. I had the honor of serving with Mike as a Deputy with the EBRSO. I knew Mike, I called him a friend. He loved his family and friends. Mike was quick with a joke and always had a smile on his face. I often think of him and too many others in our line of work that have passed on. I make a point to visit Mikes gravesite when I come back to Louisianna. My father, Lt. Reed Sweet, who was with the Baton Rouge PD is buried not too far from Mike. I miss them both, but I know that one day we will meet again. May God continue to bless and guide Mikes family.

Detective Mike Sweet #95
Denton Police Department, Denton, TX
December 11, 2013


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