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Sheriff C. Roy Kelly | Howell County Sheriff's Department, Missouri Howell County Sheriff's Department, Missouri


C. Roy Kelly

Howell County Sheriff's Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Saturday, December 19, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sheriff C. Roy Kelly was shot and killed by two members of the Barker Gang while investigating a suspicious car. One of the suspects was responsible for the murder of Chief Manley Jackson, of the Pocahontas Police Department, Arkansas.

This suspect was later shot and killed by FBI agents. The second suspect was apprehended and committed suicide in 1979.

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Although I didn't know Sheriff Kelly personally, The Heartfelt loss of his life in the manner it was taken will linger with me for ever, Some days as I patrol past where the Barker gang gunned him down I visualize what happened that day. As a succeeding Deputy for Howell County it is truly an honor to serve in the same county of which Sheriff Kelly was the our honorable Sheriff.

Lt. Mike Coldiron
25 years of service
December 20, 2011


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