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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 a reserve officer in the early 80’s. Sgt Daugherty assigned me to ride with you my first shift. Man did you ever give me a hard time. Kept telling me you wanted nothing to do with a play cop. I gave back just as hard. By end of shift you made agreement with me that if I would put the time an effort in you would make something out of me. Months later after me working daily with you on patrol, everyone on the shift was calling us brothers. I went on to be a Yavapai County Deputy. I still often reflect back on some of the wild times, you meant allot to me. You have been in my thoughts many times. Sure miss you companionship.

Now a civilian
was a Reserve Deputy trained by Vern
May 11, 2016

 

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