Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 4 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 4/6/1972
Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge
Suspect: Died in prison
Sheriff Douglas Batey, Deputy Glendale Archer, and Deputy Troy Key were shot and killed as they attempted to serve a warrant on a man at his home for assault with intent to kill.
As they exited their vehicles in the suspect's driveway, the suspect 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 12, 1984.
Sheriff Batey had served with the Clay County Sheriff's Department for 4 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.