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Deputy Sheriff Ricky Leon Kinchen | Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Georgia Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff

Ricky Leon Kinchen

Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Friday, March 17, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 1008

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/16/2000

Weapon: Rifle; .223 caliber

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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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.

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I was one of your husband's coworker not as a deputy but as a clerk. Deputy Kinchen as I could remember a very wonderful person willing to help others. I was at the funeral and was in shock like you and your beautiful girls were! My heart just melted with pain for you and the girls, but God has kept you and will continue to keep you! It just was a very painful time for all of us especially his partner Deputy English. We looking for anything we could do to help and comfort you and the family. Everyone at the Sheriff Dept. loved your husband and respected him.

Rita Coker
Friend and co-worker
December 10, 2014

 

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