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Town Marshal Richard Mark Clapp | New Richmond Town Marshal's Office, Indiana New Richmond Town Marshal's Office, Indiana

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Richard Mark Clapp

New Richmond Town Marshal's Office, Indiana

End of Watch: Friday, December 5, 2003

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 22 years

Badge # 54-26

Cause: Heart attack

Incident Date: 12/4/2003

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Marshal Mark Clapp suffered a fatal heart attack after a violent struggle with a 17-year-old domestic violence suspect.

Marshal Clapp and his son, a county jail officer, responded to a domestic dispute at 10:30 am. As Marshal Clapp's son waited in the patrol car, Marshal Clapp accompanied the suspect into his home. While inside they became engaged in a struggle. Marshal Clapp's son was unaware of the struggle until a local deputy arrived at the scene and requested assistance when Marshal Clapp fell ill. Marshal Clapp died at a hospital early the following day of a heart attack. The suspect was taken into custody by the responding officers.

The suspect was charged as a juvenile and convicted of battery and resisting law enforcement, but was not found guilty of manslaughter.

Marshal Clapp had served as the New Richmond Town Marshal for 22 years. During that time he had worn only a generic shoulder patch. He had a new patch designed and received it only one week before his death, but never had a chance to wear it. Marshal Clapp was survived by his wife and son.

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So, buddy, I retired. 30 years on patrol. I have invited Debbie, Aaron and Sara to come to my retirement party. You were supposed to be there too. Whose going to crack all the one-liners? I'm sure I'll see you in the not too distant future. We will have an eternity to catch up. I do dread one thing. You've had too long to think of those one liners.

Lt. H. Wayne Shake - Retired
Greensburg Police Department
July 28, 2017


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