Sheriff Emmett O. Edmonds

Sheriff Emmett O. Edmonds

Baxter County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Saturday, May 4, 1968

Emmett O. Edmonds

Sheriff Edmonds was shot and killed during an escape from the Baxter County Courthouse Jail. He and a city marshal had gone to the third floor of the courthouse to feed the prisoners breakfast. While Sheriff Edmonds talked to two of the prisoners they suddenly attacked him and shot him with a .32 caliber handgun that had been smuggled into them earlier. The shooter escaped but was apprehended three days later in Cotter. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in 1969.

Sheriff Edmonds had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his wife, daughter and two sons.

Bio

  • Age 49
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Sheriff Edmonds,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Baxter County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
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United States Border Patrol

May 4, 2018

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