Sheriff Matthew Haden Samuels

Sheriff Matthew Haden Samuels

Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Wednesday, January 19, 2005

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Matthew Haden Samuels

Sheriff Matthew Samuels was shot and killed at approximately 10:00 am as he and two deputies served an arrest warrant at a home near Virgil, Kansas.

Three home occupants were taken into custody following the shooting, but the shooter barricaded himself in the home.

The man was taken into custody by the Kansas Highway Patrol SRT later in the night. During the arrest, the suspect fired several rounds at the team, striking their ballistic shields. The suspect who shot Sheriff Samuels was convicted of capital murder in October 2007 and sentenced to death. On August 24th, 2012, the Kansas Supreme Court overturned his conviction and ordered a new trial. The United States Supreme Court then upheld his original conviction and death sentence.

Sheriff Samuels had served with the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office for 21 years and had served as sheriff for five years. He is survived by his wife, who works as a correctional officer, son, and daughter.

Sheriff Samuels' father and grandfather had also served in law enforcement.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge GW1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .44 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

narcotics, parolee, warrant service

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I remember hearing about this as a kid and seeing his statue in the Greenwood County courthouse. I think about his story often whenever I think about what it means to be a hero.

Thank you for your sacrifice Officer Samuels.

Jacob J

July 14, 2022

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