Chief Deputy Sheriff Pete Richardson Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas End of Watch: Monday, March 17, 2014

Chief Deputy Sheriff Pete Richardson | Lafayette County Sheriff's Office, ArkansasLafayette County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

Chief Deputy Sheriff Pete Richardson

Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas
End of Watch: Monday, March 17, 2014

Biographical Info

Age:
Tour of Duty: 19 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: March 17, 2014
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Sheriff Victor Rose
Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office
5 Courthouse Square
Lewisville, AR 71845
Phone: (870) 921-4252

Chief Deputy Sheriff Pete Richardson was killed in a three car collision on Highway 82, west of Lewisville, shortly before 3:00 pm.
He was transporting homeless man to a shelter in Miller County when his department vehicle collided with another passenger vehicle and a tractor trailer.
Chief Deputy Richardson had served with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office for 19 years.

Sheriff Victor Rose of the Lafayette County Sheriff Department in Arkansas sadly reports that Chief Deputy Sheriff Pete Richardson, 50, was killed about in a patrol vehicle crash.

Deputy Richardson was transporting a homeless man, Michael Lee Ackart, 30, from Tulsa, Oklahoma in Lafayette County to a shelter in Miller County when his patrol unit was involved in a three vehicle crash.  One of those vehicles was a semi truck tractor and trailer combination.

For reasons which defy explanation, while Deputy Richardson was driving his patrol vehicle on Highway 82 just west of Lewisville, Ackart suddenly grabbed the steering wheel of the patrol vehicle causing the patrol unit to swerve into oncoming traffic causing the crash.

Deputy Richardson died at the scene of the accident.  Ackart and the drivers of the two other vehicles involved were transported to Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana for treatment.  Following Ackart’s treatment for his injuries, he was lodged in the Miller County Jail pending arraignment on second degree murder charges.

The crash is being investigated by the Arkansas State Police.

Deputy Sheriff Pete Richardson served the Lafayette Sheriff Department for 19 years.  He is an Air Force veteran.  Deputy Richardson was running for Sheriff in an upcoming election as Sheriff Rose was not seeking reelection.

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