Private First Class Elizabeth Licera Magruder

Private First Class Elizabeth Licera Magruder

Prince George's County Sheriff's Office, Maryland

End of Watch Thursday, August 29, 2002

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Elizabeth Licera Magruder

PFC Elizabeth Magruder and Sergeant James Arnaud were shot and killed while attempting to serve a psychiatric petition on an individual in a home in the 9300 block of Lynmont Drive in Adelphi at 9:30 pm.

The suspect retreated to a rear bedroom and opened fire with a handgun. Sergeant Arnaud was shot in the throat and PFC Magruder was shot in the back of the head. The suspect fled the scene following the shootings, but was arrested two days later after undercover officers spotted him coming from an apartment building approximately two miles from the scene of the shooting. The handgun used in the murders was recovered from the suspect as well.

The suspect was found guilty of two counts of second degree murder and using a handgun in commission of a felony in November 2003. In September 2005, the convictions were overturned on appeal and the suspect was ordered to face a new trial. He was again convicted during the second trial and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The murders of Sergeant Arnaud and PFC Magruder were the first line of duty deaths for the department in its 306-year history.

PFC Magruder had been employed with the Prince George's County Sheriff's Department for 18 months, and was posthumously promoted to Private First Class. She is survived by her husband and 3-year-old son.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge 165

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years

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I could never bring myself to write, and to her family I am sorry for that. I was Liz's desk mate in the Academy, PELTP2001-1. I can speak first hand to what kind of person she was and the dedication she gave to the whole world, not just law enforcement. She was always funny, sometimes goofy, and almost always in a good mood. She often spoke of her husband and her son Devin: they were her motivation to excel in the academy. Liz was in incredible shape and excelled at all the physical tests- even at her diminutive stature. We often helped each other classwork; I helped her with the curriculm and she helped me stay organized. She was a team player and very loyal. In all these years there has not been one single day that I have not thought of "Mags" and the family she has left behind. With all the recent unrest I just felt that it was finally time to post a glimpse to MY fallen sister in blue... Like all officers she was a PERSON with family, friends, and co-workers that will forever miss her. She was a mother and wife first and formost. She was a friend, a mentor, and someone who cared for people and society. Mag's intentions were pure and she wore her heart on her sleave. She will forever be missed by those blessed to know her.

John B
former CCSO- friend

July 18, 2016

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