Night Marshal Albert Rinks

Night Marshal Albert Rinks

Marked Tree Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Tuesday, April 29, 1952

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Albert Rinks

Night Marshal Albert Rinks was shot and killed when he was ambushed by a man he had arrested earlier in the evening. Marshal Rinks arrested the man for drunk and disordely conduct. The suspect was released two hours later and driven home. The man then drove back into town and shot Marshal Rinks with a shotgun.

The 48-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. His sentence was later reduced to 35 years. He was paroled on June 3, 1964.

Marshal Rinks had served with the Marked Tree Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1964

ambush, retaliation

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I started my Law Enforcement career in 1984 at Lepanto Police Department in Arkansas. I served until 2015 as a Lepanto Officer and an Investigator at Poinsett Co. Sheriffs' Office. I have seen several fellow officers give the ultimate sacrifice in my time as an Officer. I was made aware of Officer Rinks service and ultimate death today April 8, 2022. I met Rink's grandson, Steve Rinks, who is also a retired Law Enforcement Officer today. It was an Honor. This line of work is a Brotherhood. Each member is saddened by the death of another. My condolences to Officer Rinks family.

David Layman - Retired
Marked Tree Police Department

April 8, 2022

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