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

Sheriff

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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