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Deputy Sheriff Richard Kim Magnuson | Roseau County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota Roseau County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

Deputy Sheriff

Richard Kim Magnuson

Roseau County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 2, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 20

Tour: 2 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Magnuson was shot and killed while stopping a car that had run through the Canadian border crossing at the Roseau Port of Entry. The suspect had shot him ten times with a .22 caliber rifle. Unbeknownst to Deputy Magnuson the suspect had murdered three young people in Canada before fleeing into the United States. The man was arrested and extradited to Canada where he was sentenced to life for the first murders.
Deputy Magnuson had been with the agency for only two months and was survived by his parents.

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Roseau County will long remember the untimely death of this officer, ambushed by a mass murderer who had crossed the border after-hours. No doubt Deputy Sheriff Magnussen thought he was going to stop some locals who were too tired to drive around to the 24 hour port at Warroad, and had no suspicion that he was stopping a mass murderer. My father was one of many tapped to give blood in a desperate attempt to save this young deputy's life. Hats off to his fellow officers, who had the perp in custody before the day was out. The perp is doing life at hard labor in Canada, last I heard.

civilian, Ken
county resident
April 17, 2015


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