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Sheriff Matthew Haden Samuels | Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, Kansas Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, Kansas


Matthew Haden Samuels

Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 21 years

Badge # GW1

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Sheriff Matthew Samuels was shot and killed at approximately 10:00 am as he and two deputies served an arrest warrant at a home near Virgil, Kansas.

Three occupants of the home were taken into custody following the shooting, but the shooter barricaded himself in the home.

The man was taken into custody by the Kansas Highway Patrol SRT later in the night. During the arrest the suspect fired several rounds at the team, striking their ballistic shields. The suspect who shot Sheriff Samuels was convicted of capital murder in October 2007 and sentenced to death. On August 24th, 2012, the Kansas Supreme Court overturned his conviction and ordered a new trial. His original conviction and death sentence was then upheld by the United States Supreme Court.

Sheriff Samuels had served with the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office for 21 years and had served as sheriff for five years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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Tomorrow I get to go to the Kansas Law Enforcement memorial and see your name on it again. Just one more reminder that you're really gone. 11 years and I still miss you as bad as I did in 2005. Me and my dad talked about you the other day. About all the times you were there for me when he wasn't and how before he graduated KLETC you were trying so hard to get him to come over to Greenwood county and work.. We all still miss you a lot. Life will never be the same.. We love you Matt.

LE Wife
May 6, 2016


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