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Trooper Arthur L. Staples, Jr. | Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island


Arthur L. Staples, Jr.

Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island

End of Watch: Friday, December 18, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # 77

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Trooper Staples was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two 16-year-old car thieves on Tower Hill Road in North Kingstown. The two suspects were arrested a short time later and one of them confessed to firing the shots that killed the trooper.

The suspect who killed Trooper Staples was convicted of his murder and sentenced to life in prison. He will be eligible for parole in November of 1954.

Trooper Staples had served with the agency for 18 months.

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Troopers like you laid the foundation for one of the world’s finest State Police divisions. Thank you my brother for your sacrifice and bravely.

Capt. Glenn E. Kresge
Delaware Health and Social Services
June 24, 2013


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