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Sheriff James L. Barclay | McDonough County Sheriff's Office, Illinois McDonough County Sheriff's Office, Illinois


James L. Barclay

McDonough County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, May 18, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 51

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Committed suicide

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Sheriff James Barclay was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect wanted for murder and auto theft. When surrounded by a posse the suspect shot and killed himself.

Sheriff Barclay had served with the McDonough County Sheriff's Office for three years. He was survived by his wife, daughter and son. His son later went on to serve as a deputy sheriff and sheriff of McDonough County.

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A century has passed since Sheriff James Barclay laid down his life, and today we honor his memory.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona
May 18, 2017


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