Sergeant Thomas Arlen Richmond

Sergeant Thomas Arlen Richmond

Mesilla Marshal's Office, New Mexico

End of Watch Wednesday, July 13, 1988

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Thomas Arlen Richmond

Sergeant Thomas Richmond was shot and killed during a traffic stop of a speeder on Snow Road just outside of the town limits.

Unbeknownst to Sergeant Richmond the suspects in the vehicle had just committed an armed robbery in Las Cruces.

Both suspects were apprehended. One was sentenced to life and the other to eight years.

Sergeant Richmond was a National Guard veteran and had served with the Mesilla Marshal's Office for three years. He had previously served with the Middletown, New York, Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife, son, and three daughters.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 302
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

robbery, traffic stop

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered. Rest in peace always.

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Delaware State Police (Retired)

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