Corporal Mark Wesley Carthron

Corporal Mark Wesley Carthron

Arkansas State Police, Arkansas

End of Watch Monday, September 12, 2005

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Mark Wesley Carthron

Corporal Mark Carthron was struck and killed while retrieving stop sticks he had deployed during a vehicle pursuit on I-40 in Crittenden County.

The suspect's vehicle struck the stop sticks, bringing it to a halt. As Corporal Carthron retrieved the strips, he was struck by a state police vehicle that was involved in the pursuit. Corporal Carthron was transported to a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where he succumbed to his injuries at 12:31 am the following morning.

The two suspects involved in the pursuit were driving a stolen vehicle and were wanted for an armed robbery of a service station. The driver of the stolen vehicle was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison. The passenger was convicted of robbery and theft charges and sentenced to 30 years.

Corporal Carthron had served with the Arkansas State Police for eight years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and brother.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 11

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Incident Date Sunday, September 11, 2005
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to life

spike strips, vehicle pursuit

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I miss you my love so very much. My heart still longs for you. I reach for you in my dreams. When I close my eyes at night, I see you smiling at me with those dimples. I’ll be loving you until I take my last breath. Mrs Mark Wesley Carthron forever!!

Mrs. Angela Carthron
Surviving spouse

November 27, 2023

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