Deputy Sheriff Richard Kim Magnuson

Deputy Sheriff Richard Kim Magnuson

Roseau County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Wednesday, August 2, 1978

Richard Kim Magnuson

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.


  • Age 20
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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August 2, 1978 is a night I will never forget. At the time I was the chief deputy.The pain and sorrow caused by McMaster (murderer) was and still is immeasurable, and to this day is still felt. Richard was engaged to be married and was truly a great and caring person. With the people McMaster killed in Canada and Deputy Magnuson this is a premier example of why there should be death Penalty!
God bless the memory of Deputy Magnuson.

Curt Hauger Rei
Roseau County Sheriff's Department

July 12, 2017

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