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Chief of Police Hubert Dermott Police Department, Arkansas

Chief of Police

Hubert "Bill" Payne

Dermott Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Monday, August 29, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Chief of Police Bill Payne was shot and killed with his own pistol while attempting to arrest a man for creating a disturbance.

The suspect fled from the scene in Chief Payne's police car. Minutes later he was arrested after officers shot out his tires when he ran through a police road block.

The suspect was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to life without parole.

Chief Payne served with the U.S. military police for 20 years.

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Thinking of and praying for the Payne family on this day. God bless you all.

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock Field Office
August 30, 2016


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