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


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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Angela, you don't me but I just read your post from March of this year. Seeing the pain in your words was enough to make me want to write. Please know that life doesn't always deal us a fair hand, we play the hand we are dealt and we try to play it well. I've often heard that God will not deal us more than we can handle--at times it may feel that way, but God is only relying on your strength to help with his work. Your mom needs you--even if those conversations are not what they once were--she still needs you. As I said, we don't know each other, but I care about you and I care about the pain you feel. I wish there were words to make it better. I can only hope that one day you find peace and a better hand in life's little card game. The world needs more people like you--don't leave it until God calls for you. I graduated from AHS, class of '86.

May 19, 2015


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