Private First Class Elizabeth Licera Magruder

Private First Class Elizabeth Licera Magruder

Prince George's County Sheriff's Office, Maryland

End of Watch Thursday, August 29, 2002

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Elizabeth Licera Magruder

PFC Elizabeth Magruder and Sergeant James Arnaud 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.

PFC Magruder had been employed with the Prince George's County Sheriff's Department for 18 months, and was posthumously promoted to Private First Class. She is survived by her husband and 3-year-old son.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge 165

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years

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PFC Magruder, as your family faces the 19th EOW, may you know that you are not forgotten. Your young son has grown up to be a fine man, many summers my granddaughter and I spent with him and your husband at kids camp. It is so hard to believe that so much time has passed, when we thought we would never make it through that terrible day. My prayers are with Devin and Derwin today and always. May you continue to rest in peace and continue to watch over those who love and miss you so much.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure, EOW 08/06/02

August 8, 2021

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