Deputy Sheriff Richard Kim Magnuson

Deputy Sheriff Richard Kim Magnuson

Roseau County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Wednesday, August 2, 1978

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Richard Kim Magnuson

Deputy Magnuson was shot and killed while stopping a car that had run through the Canadian border crossing at the Roseau Port of Entry. The suspect had shot him ten times with a .22 caliber rifle. Unbeknownst to Deputy Magnuson the suspect had murdered three young people in Canada before fleeing into the United States. The man was arrested and extradited to Canada where he was sentenced to life for the first murders.
Deputy Magnuson had been with the agency for only two months and was survived by his parents.


  • Age 20
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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As a member of the US Customs Patrol I spent many a late night "laying in" at the Roseau, Pinecreek and Lancater Ports of Entry after they closed for the night. On the night Richard was killed I was searching ships in Duluth, MN. I had been at the Roseau POE a week before. Fate works in strange ways rest in peace Richard.

Milton R Maki, retired Federal Agent.
US Customs Patrol

December 30, 2018

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