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Patrolman Edward Samuel Virden | Prescott Police Department, Arkansas Prescott Police Department, Arkansas


Edward Samuel Virden

Prescott Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Sunday, September 21, 1958

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Virden was shot and killed inside the old city jail by a suspect who was able to obtain a gun. The suspect had killed an automobile salesman in London, Kentucky the day before. A few days later the suspect was seriously wounded in a gun battle with a police officer in Kingsville, Texas, after the officer had stopped him for speeding.

The suspect was convicted of Patrolman Virden's murder and sentenced to life in the Arkansas State Prison. In 1968 he was granted a temporary furlough, but failed to return and was charged with escape. He was recaptured in Kentucky June 27, 1974.

Patrolman Virden was survived by his wife and three children.

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Surprised to know your killer is still alive. He is I believe arkansas's longest serving inmate

June 11, 2017


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