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Sheriff Harold Gene Matthews | Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

Sheriff

Harold Gene Matthews

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch: Friday, June 3, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: Not available

Badge # 101

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; Mini 14

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sheriff Harold Matthews was shot and killed while participating in a raid to apprehended a fugitive wanted for the murders of Marshal Kenneth Muir and Deputy Marshal Robert Cheshire, of the United States Marshal's Service, in Medina, North Dakota.

The suspect, who was a member of an anti-government organization, had fled to Arkansas and holed up in a home that built into a hillside. As Sheriff Matthews and several other officers entered the home shots were exchanged. One of the rounds struck Sheriff Matthews in an area not protected by his vest, causing a fatal wound.

The suspect was also shot and killed in the same incident Sheriff Matthews was killed.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Marshal Kenneth B. Muir
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Sunday, February 13, 1983
Cause: Gunfire

Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert S. Cheshire, Jr.
United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Sunday, February 13, 1983
Cause: Gunfire

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Thank you for your service, Sheriff. You're never forgotten. God bless you and your family.

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock
June 3, 2017

 

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