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Sheriff Douglas Lucian Batey | Clay County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas Clay County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

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Douglas Lucian Batey

Clay County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Thursday, April 6, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Died in prison

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Sheriff Doug Batey, Deputy Sheriff Glendal Archer, and Deputy Sheriff Troy Key were shot and killed in McDougal as they attempted to serve a warrant for assault with intent to kill.

As they exited their vehicles in the suspect's driveway, the man opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun. Sheriff Batey and Deputy Archer 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.

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

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Deputy Sheriff Glendal Ray Archer
Clay County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas
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End of Watch: Saturday, April 15, 1972
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Thank you for your service and protecting your fellow Arkansans. You are never forgotten. God bless

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