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Sergeant James Victor Arnaud | Prince George's County Sheriff's Office, Maryland Prince George's County Sheriff's Office, Maryland


James Victor Arnaud

Prince George's County Sheriff's Office, Maryland

End of Watch: Thursday, August 29, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 113

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 30 years

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Sergeant James Arnaud and PFC Elizabeth Magruder were shot and killed while attempting to serve a psychiatric petition on an individual in a home in the 9300 block of Lynmont Drive in Adelphi at 9:30 pm.

The suspect retreated to a rear bedroom and opened fire with a handgun. Sergeant Arnaud was shot in the throat and PFC Magruder was shot in the back of the head. The suspect fled the scene following the shootings, but was arrested two days later after undercover officers spotted him coming from an apartment building approximately two miles from the scene of the shooting. The handgun used in the murders was recovered from the suspect as well.

The suspect was found guilty of two counts of second degree murder and using a handgun in commission of a felony in November 2003. In September 2005, the convictions were overturned on appeal and the suspect was ordered to face a new trial. He was again convicted during the second trial and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The murders of Sergeant Arnaud and PFC Magruder were the first line of duty deaths for the department in its 306-year history.

Sergeant Arnaud had been employed with the Prince George's County Sheriff's Department for 13 years, and was posthumously promoted to Sergeant; he had previously served with the United States Army in the Vietnam War. He was killed two days before his 54th birthday. He is survived by his wife, two children, and two grandchildren.

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End of Watch: Thursday, August 29, 2002
Cause: Gunfire

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Heroes live forever, Sergeant Arnaud, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Prince George's County and the great state of Maryland.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.
August 29, 2013


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