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Patrol Deputy Charles E. Barnes, Sr. | Miller County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas Miller County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

Patrol Deputy

Charles E. Barnes, Sr.

Miller County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch: Saturday, March 31, 1984

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Barnes was shot and killed execution style after stopping to investigate a vehicle parked on the side of a county road off of Highway 196. As he talked to the three occupants one of them stated he had to use the bathroom. Deputy Barnes told the man to step to the edge of the woods so remained in sight. The other two suspects then distracted Deputy Barnes as the third one went back to the car and retrieved a rifle.

The three overpowered Deputy Barnes, put him on his knees, and then shot him. The suspects then stole his patrol car. He was found by another deputy who responded to the scene after Deputy Barnes failed to answer radio calls. One of the suspects was shot and killed in a shootout with other law enforcement officers the following day.

Deputy Barnes was survived by his wife, son, mother, and brother.

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I remember Charles from Wadley Hospital (now Regional Medical Center). He was security and I would go in with my mom on Saturdays to volunteer as a candy striper. I'll never forget that last morning, him standing at the end of the entrance hall, arms open wide for a hug, and his embrace as he hugged me that one last time on his last day. I saw him from a distance just once more that day and we waved and smiled at each other. Had I known that he'd be gone that night, I would have done things very differently. He was a dear friend of the family and I was only 15 at the time. It broke my heart for Charlie and Geri and all who knew him, but I know the world was made a better place because Charles walked the earth.

Your memory lives on in all who knew you, my friend, and 30 years later, we still remember. Sleep soundly in Our Father's arms; I'll see you again when my work is done.

Kari (Luplow) Mancuso
December 23, 2014


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