Patrolman Dick Potter

Patrolman Dick Potter

Blytheville Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Sunday, March 22, 1942

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Dick Potter

Patrolman Potter was shot and killed when he responded to a domestic dispute at a beauty salon. The suspect then shot and killed his estranged wife before being wounded and arrested by other officers.

On September 17, 1942, the suspect suffered a stroke while working with the vegetable work crew at Tucker Prison Farm. He died the next day.

Patrolman Potter had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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Patrolman Potter,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Blytheville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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March 22, 2022

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