Lieutenant Ronald Opie McPherson

Lieutenant Ronald Opie McPherson

Arkansas Department of Corrections, Arkansas

End of Watch Wednesday, May 2, 1979

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Ronald Opie McPherson

Lieutenant Opie McPherson was accidentally shot and killed during a SWAT training exercise at the Cummins Unit.

He was survived by a wife and two children.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

accidental discharge, swat

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Lt. McPherson,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Arkansas. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

May 2, 2019

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