Deputy Sheriff Ricky Leon Kinchen

Deputy Sheriff Ricky Leon Kinchen

Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, March 17, 2000

Ricky Leon Kinchen

Deputy Ricky Kinchen died from gunshot wounds he received the night before while he and another deputy were attempting to serve a warrant.

The deputy and his partner, went to the suspect's work place to serve the warrant. After failing to locate anyone at the business, they drove around the block and located a vehicle. While approaching the vehicle, the deputies told an individual standing next to it to show them his hands. At that time, the suspect responded by saying "Here they are," and opened fire with a .223 caliber rifle, striking both deputies several times. Deputy Kinchen was struck in the abdomen and leg and was transported to a local hospital, where he died the next day. Deputy Kinchen was wearing a vest, however, the round struck him in an area not protected by the vest.

The second deputy was struck several times and was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. The killer was originally wanted for several charges, including impersonating a police officer. The killer was a former member of the Black Panthers, a radical, militant group, with a long criminal record, including inciting a riot. He fled the scene after the shooting but was arrested several days later in Alabama. The deputies were unaware of the suspect's background.

On March 9, 2002, the killer was found guilty of 13 charges, including the murder of a police officer, in connection with Deputy Kinchen's murder. On March 13, 2002, the killer was sentenced to life without parole.
Deputy Kinchen had been employed with the Fulton County Sheriff's Department for nine years, and is survived by his wife and two young children. He is buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Tifton, Georgia.

The Black Panthers is a racist, radical group that professed the murders of law enforcement officers. Members and former members of the group were responsible for the murders of at least 15 law enforcement officers and the wounding of dozens more across the nation.

Bio

  • Age 35
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 1008

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, March 16, 2000
  • Weapon Rifle; .223 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Uncle Ricky there is not a day that goes by that my heart does not ache at your departure I cant find in in my heart to forgive Jamil Abdullah alamin

Tiffany Morris
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February 27, 2017

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