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Deputy Sheriff Richard Amacker Kent, III | Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff

Richard Amacker Kent, III

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Friday, November 1, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 18 years

Badge # TP62

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's shotgun

Offender: Convicted of manslaughter

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Deputy Kent was shot and killed after arresting a man who was attempting to break into a drink machine at a grocery store in Kentwood. Deputy Kent and Kentwood officers arrived at the scene and arrested the man. Deputy Kent knew the suspect and placed him in his patrol car. Deputy Kent then went inside to take a report from a store employee. While Deputy Kent was inside the suspect was able to get Deputy Kent's shotgun from its mount on the patrol car's cage.

When Deputy Kent walked out of the store he saw the suspect pointing the shotgun at him and drew his service weapon. The suspect and Deputy Kent exchanged shots and Deputy Kent was struck in the chest. The suspect, who was wounded in the arm, walked up to Deputy Kent and shot him a second time as he lay on the ground. The man then fled but was arrested a short time later after crashing his car. He was convicted of manslaughter in connection with Deputy Kent's murder.

Deputy Kent had served with the agency for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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dear pawpaw, i have never gotten the chance to meet you but from the previous comments i wish i could have. my daddy loves and misses you so very much and so does mawmaw debra. I know that you are watching over our family every day i love you and cant wait to meet you p.s my mama says i have your feet

cody kent
grandson
November 2, 2015

 

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