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Corporal Mark Wesley Carthron | Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Arkansas State Police, Arkansas

Corporal

Mark Wesley Carthron

Arkansas State Police, Arkansas

End of Watch: Monday, September 12, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 11

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Incident Date: 9/11/2005

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Corporal Mark Carthron was struck and killed while retrieving stop sticks he had deployed during a vehicle pursuit on I-40 in Crittenden County.

The suspect's vehicle struck the stop sticks, bringing it to a halt. As Corporal Carthron retrieved the strips, he was struck by a state police vehicle that was involved in the pursuit. Corporal Carthron was transported to a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where he succumbed to his injuries at 12:31 am the following morning.

The two suspects involved in the pursuit were driving a stolen vehicle and were wanted for an armed robbery of a service station. The driver of the stolen vehicle was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison. The passenger was convicted of robbery and theft charges and sentenced to 30 years.

Corporal Carthron had served with the Arkansas State Police for 8 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and brother.

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There are times when I can't breathe...tonight is one of those nights. Sweetheart, you were the air that I breathed. I miss you so much. I need you. Oh God, how I need you. So many things in my life have changed since you went to be with the Lord. I don't know where to turn at times. My Mom has dementia now and we don't talk the way we used to. I need my Momma right now. Mark, I wanna be where you are. I put all of the pillows on your side of the bed at night. I never pull back the cover on your side of the bed. I never even face your side of the bed. I miss you Boobie.I'm just having a bad night. I know it will pass and I will be okay. I miss Dexter too. Lord give me strength...

Mrs. Angela Carthron
surviving spouse
March 19, 2015

 

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