Deputy Sheriff Richard Amacker Kent, III

Deputy Sheriff Richard Amacker Kent, III

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Saturday, November 2, 1985

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Richard Amacker Kent, III

Deputy Sheriff Richard Kent was shot and killed after arresting a man who was attempting to break into a drink machine at Guy's Grocery on Louisiana 38, east of Kentwood, just after 9:00 pm.

Deputy Kent, along with Kentwood officers, arrived at the scene and arrested the man. Deputy Kent knew the suspect and placed him in his patrol car and then went inside to take a report from a store employee. While Deputy Kent was inside the suspect was able to get Deputy Kent's shotgun from its mount on the patrol car's cage.

When Deputy Kent walked out of the store he saw the suspect pointing the shotgun at him and drew his service weapon. The suspect and Deputy Kent exchanged shots and Deputy Kent was struck in the chest. The suspect, who was wounded in the arm, walked up to Deputy Kent and shot him a second time as he lay on the ground.

Deputy Kent was transported to a hospital in Hammond where he died shortly after midnight.

The man then fled but was arrested a short time later after crashing his car. He was convicted of manslaughter in connection with Deputy Kent's murder.

Deputy Kent had served with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office for 18 years. He was survived by his wife, son, parents, and two sisters.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge TP62

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, November 1, 1985
  • Weapon Officer's shotgun
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter


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Dear R.A.,
We were at Pearl River College together, living in the same house in 1967-68. We discovered we were distant cousins through the Kent's of Kentwood. You were a good man, a peacemaker and I am grateful to have known you. I got into a fist fight with a mutual friend and you helped us let go of our anger. I remember your quick and easy laughter. I have no doubt that you helped many before your untimely death. We were kids then. I am old now. I remember you with fondness and brotherly affection. I am saddened by your loss. I send my heart and prayers to your family and friends.

Reade Carruth
Teenage friends and classmates at PRC

December 2, 2018

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