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Sergeant Donald Clark Arnold | Sherman Police Department, Texas Sherman Police Department, Texas

Sergeant

Donald Clark Arnold

Sherman Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 23, 1969

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 17 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Sergeant Arnold was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery at a local service station. He routinely stopped at the station during his shift to check on the graveyard shift employees.

When he arrived at the service station the three suspects took the attendant and hid in the bathroom. As Sergeant Arnold walked through the building one of the suspects fired through the open door, striking Sergeant Arnold several times. He was found with his service revolver still in its holster. The suspects then murdered the attendant and fled the scene.

The shooter was arrested and sentenced to death for Sergeant Arnold's murder and life for the attendant's murder. His death sentence was commuted to life in 1972.

Sergeant Arnold had served with the agency for 17 years.

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My memories of you were highlighted this evening during a conversation among friends regarding childhood nicknames. You always called me High Pockets when I was a little boy, 4 or 5 years old. You were my parents next door neighbor at the time, and you always found time to talk with me. I had just turned 18 when you tragically passed away. It was shocking news to my family and myself. I just wanted you to know that you still hold a place in so many hearts, 60 years later. Rest in Peace, my friend..

Randy Hickman
Childhood neighbor
May 12, 2016

 

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