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 8 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

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My beloved Mark, it's fall time, our favorite time of year. The leaves are beautiful and the air is cool and crisp. I think about how we love to cuddle up on the sofa with a blanket and watch movies. Baby, I miss you ever so much. It's weird that you have been with our heavenly Father for over 14 years now, and I only knew you on this earth for less than 6 years. But my heart knew you for a life time. I love you so much and there are times when it's still too much for me to bear. But then I'll think of something funny you said or did or I remember HOW you loved me. Not only that, I remember all the says you PROVED your love for me. There are times when I still wear my wedding rings. I know my commitment to you was fulfilled on earth, for death us did part. But, my heart is still connected to yours. I will always love you sweetheart. Thomas has sent me some pretty funny photos of you and of us. You know your big brother has a huge sense of humor. Our conversations are always filled with laughter. My beloved, one day our hearts will find each other again. Oh what a happy day that will be. I better end this reflection, before someone walks into my office and asks me why tears are falling down my face. I miss you! I love you! I long for you to hold my hand. I long for you to look into my eyes. Until next time, kisses from your Poobie to my Boobie. OAN, give Dexter a pat on the head for his Momma =).

Mrs. Angela Carthron
Surviving Spouse

November 1, 2019

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