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