Deputy Sheriff Ricky Leon Kinchen

Deputy Sheriff Ricky Leon Kinchen

Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, March 17, 2000

Ricky Leon Kinchen

Deputy Ricky Kinchen died from gunshot wounds he received the night before while he and another deputy were attempting to serve a warrant.

The deputy and his partner, went to the suspect's work place to serve the warrant. After failing to locate anyone at the business, they drove around the block and located a vehicle. While approaching the vehicle, the deputies told an individual standing next to it to show them his hands. At that time, the suspect responded by saying "Here they are," and opened fire with a .223 caliber rifle, striking both deputies several times. Deputy Kinchen was struck in the abdomen and leg and was transported to a local hospital, where he died the next day. Deputy Kinchen was wearing a vest, however, the round struck him in an area not protected by the vest.

The second deputy was struck several times and was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. The killer was originally wanted for several charges, including impersonating a police officer. The killer was a former member of the Black Panthers, a radical, militant group, with a long criminal record, including inciting a riot. He fled the scene after the shooting but was arrested several days later in Alabama. The deputies were unaware of the suspect's background.

On March 9, 2002, the killer was found guilty of 13 charges, including the murder of a police officer, in connection with Deputy Kinchen's murder. On March 13, 2002, the killer was sentenced to life without parole.
Deputy Kinchen had been employed with the Fulton County Sheriff's Department for nine years, and is survived by his wife and two young children. He is buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Tifton, Georgia.

The Black Panthers is a racist, radical group that professed the murders of law enforcement officers. Members and former members of the group were responsible for the murders of at least 15 law enforcement officers and the wounding of dozens more across the nation.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 1008

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, March 16, 2000
  • Weapon Rifle; .223 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I met Ricky only a few times, as I was employed with a Private Investigation company in Tucker, Georgia. He would come by and give us tips, on his own time, as one of his close friends worked with our small company.

This MURDER rattled me to the core and still haunts me to this day. Ricky was serving a relatively minor warrant as I recall, but "H Rap Brown" (I refuse to use his Muslim Name), also had charges related to guns, from Cobb County I believe.

H Rap Brown could have opened the door and handled business like a man, taken the arrest, got booked, and bonded out. But no, being the COWARD that he was, he blasted Ricky and Deputy English before they even knew what hit them as I read all news accounts.

Then, proving himself to be a COWARD, "H Rap Brown" fled the scene and ran off to Alabama where he hid in a barn for a few days before being caught (his bullet riddled car with him) and brought back to GEORGIA to face a "jury of his peers" who found him GUILTY.

H Rap Brown professed to be a MUSLIM, a man of the ISLAMIC faith. Well, then all I can say is, you better hope that Allah is "GOD" (Fact: Allah is not God); and well.....BROWN, since you pinned your hopes on a FALSE GOD, unless you REPENT, you are going to live for Eternity in HELL.

I am not a HATER of all things MUSLIM, but I will close with this comparison for you to make your decision. Take for example: Muhammed or Jesus?

Now, if you want to, you can go to the Middle East and visit the Tomb of Muhammed and yes, his body is "in there", just like he was buried.

If you want to, you can go to the Middle East and find the "borrowed" Tomb where JESUS was buried, after He died on the cross for ALL SINS. Oops, but don't be disappointed when you don't find "the body", Nope....see HE IS RISEN and THE TOMB IS EMPTY.

I refuse to let my anger for the "choice" taken by H Rap Brown on that terrible day, that took RICKY from us and his wife and kids way too soon, to consume and burn HATE within me.

And I pin my HOPE on the FAITH in Jesus Christ that tells me I will see my friend again.

R D Maddox
Federex Investigations of Georgia (1992-1996)

August 6, 2018

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