Sheriff Harold Gene Matthews

Sheriff Harold Gene Matthews

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Friday, June 3, 1983

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Harold Gene Matthews

Sheriff Harold Matthews was shot and killed while participating in a raid to apprehended a fugitive wanted for the murders of Marshal Kenneth Muir and Deputy Marshal Robert Cheshire, of the United States Marshal's Service, in Medina, North Dakota.

The suspect, who was a member of an anti-government organization, had fled to Arkansas and holed up in a home that built into a hillside. As Sheriff Matthews and several other officers entered the home shots were exchanged. One of the rounds struck Sheriff Matthews in an area not protected by his vest, causing a fatal wound.

The suspect was also shot and killed in the same incident Sheriff Matthews was killed.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 101

Incident Details

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

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Thank you for your service and dedication to duty. You and the actions taken by you to apprehend the killer of two U.S. Marshal LEO will never ever be forgotten. RIP Sheriff Harold Matthews.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

July 30, 2022

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