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Deputy Sheriff Glendale Ray Archer | Clay County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas Clay County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

Deputy Sheriff

Glendale Ray Archer

Clay County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Thursday, April 6, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Died in prison

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Deputy Sheriff Glendale Archer, Sheriff Douglas Batey, and Deputy Sheriff Troy Key were shot and killed as they attempted to serve a warrant, for assault with intent to kill, on a man at his home.

As they exited their vehicles in the suspect's driveway, the man opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun. Sheriff Batey and Deputy Archur were killed instantly. Deputy Key succumbed to his wounds 10 days later.

A fourth responding officer found the suspect sitting on the tailgate of his truck and arrested him without incident. He was convicted of three counts of first degree murder and sentenced to life. He died in prison March 12th, 1984.

Deputy Archer had served with the Clay County Sheriff's Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

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Sheriff Douglas Lucian Batey
Clay County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas
End of Watch: Thursday, April 6, 1972
Cause: Gunfire

Deputy Sheriff Troy Key
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End of Watch: Saturday, April 15, 1972
Cause: Gunfire

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You could still drive a truck through the hole in my heart. There are no words. I will be broken until I see you again. With love from your oldest son.

Kendall Archer
Son
May 16, 2016

 

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