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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

Weapon: Person

Suspect: Convicted

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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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I find it amazing how God speaks to us. He gave me a reflection today about how we must walk with our brothers if we are to successfully complete the journey. I guess that's why I thought of you. Such a good brother lost for this life that can no longer come beside me on the journey. The time I walked with you was a good time in my life. 25 years of friendship closer than brothers. I've now published 3 novels. 1 dedicated to my wife. 1 dedicated to the memory of my cousin Ron and 1 dedicated to the memory of my good friend Mark. As we get older we can see the end of the journey. I don't yet know how far there is to go but I know I'm so much closer than I was when you went home 11 years ago. I know when the time comes that I reach my destination you will greet me. I'm sure you'll have a joke. I'll probably laugh until my sides hurt because you've had so long to think about it. Not that you ever needed more than a second. I'm looking forward to sharing glory with you and all my friends and loved ones who've gone before. See you when I see you.

Lt. H. W. Shake
Greensburg Police Department
September 21, 2014


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