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Deputy Vernon P. Marconnet | Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Deputy

Vernon P. Marconnet

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch: Thursday, June 30, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 19 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Apprehended

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Deputy Vernon Marconnet was shot and killed after he stopped to investigate two suspicious vehicles. He found a father and three sons who had been drinking and arguing. Just after Deputy Marconnet called for backup a 911 call was received stating that an officer was in trouble. When officers arrived they found Deputy Marconnet dead beside his car. All four subjects were arrested and charged with murder.

An investigation revealed when Deputy Marconnet was putting the older man into the patrol car, one of his sons grabbed the deputy's police radio and hit him in the head with it causing a deep gash. Another son grabbed his gun and forced Deputy Marconnet to lie on the ground. Ordered by his father, he shot Deputy Marconnet in the head killing him instantly.

The father and the two sons who attacked and shot Deputy Marconnet were convicted of his murder and sentenced to death. Their sentences were later commuted to life. The third son entered into a plea bargain arrangement and was sentenced to 10 years.

Deputy Marconnet had served with the agency for 19 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.

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I was an MCSO Deputy (District one- #657) and met Vern at an annual shooting qualification in 1984. Funny, but I remember the introduction and him kidding me about my carrying a S&W 629 and being so slight of build. I shot a perfect score. Vern busted my chops up until we left the range, but ended it with a congratulations on my perfect score. I never spoke to him again, since he worked a different district. I went to Phoenix PD later that year.

On June 30, 1988, my partner and I were working the housing projects at 7ave/Southern (LULACS), when the call came out to assist an MCSO Deputy on the canal bank. We arrived directly behind an MCSO District 2 LT., and we discovered Vern. I recognized him and it took the wind out of me. I have never forgotten any of it.

I was just informed of a parole hearing for one of the Herreras today. I only wish I were there. None of the Herrera clan deserve a break. They are cold blooded murderers. I'll leave their forgiveness to the Lord.

Vern, is remembered by every recruit who runs by the spot where Vern was murdered. Vern's memory is honored and his sacrifice is remembered.

Vern, I wish I knew you better than the chance meeting and introduction in 1984. Regardless, I will never forget your sacrifice. RIP.

Officer Steve Konegni #4406 (Retired)
Phoenix PD retired / former MCSO #657
March 18, 2015

 

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