Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert S. Cheshire, Jr.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert S. Cheshire, Jr.

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, February 13, 1983

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Robert S. Cheshire, Jr.

Deputy Marshal Robert Cheshire and Marshal Kenneth Muir were shot and killed at 5:45 p.m. while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a man for parole violation and income tax evasion.

The suspect was traveling in a vehicle with his son and another man when they were stopped at a roadblock on Stutsman County Road 68 about a 1/2 mile north of Medina. All three men were armed with mini-14 rifles. After a 20-minute standoff, a gun battle began between law enforcement, the suspect, and the two other men. During the shootout, Deputy Marshal Chesire and Marshal Muir were mortally wounded. The main suspect escaped but his accomplices were wounded, apprehended, and sentenced to life in prison.

Four months later the main suspect shot and killed Sheriff Harold Matthews, of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas. Sheriff Matthews was participating in a raid in an attempt to arrest the man and was able to shoot and kill the suspect before succumbing to his own mortal wounds.

Deputy Cheshire was a U.S. Navy veteran and was active in the North Dakota National Guard. He is survived by his wife and three young children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 5206
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location North Dakota
  • Weapon Rifle; Mini 14
  • Offender Shot and killed

roadblock, warrant service

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I remember watching the “In the Line of Duty” movie about this horrific incident in college. Regarding the previous reflection, I hope that Chief Graf and Officer Schnabel are able to deal with their PTSD and are able to talk to someone to get the help they need and deserve. Agent Cheshire, rest in peace always sir knowing that your service, both military as well as LE, and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

February 13, 2021

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