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Deputy Sheriff Troy Key | Clay County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas Clay County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

Deputy Sheriff

Troy Key

Clay County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Saturday, April 15, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/6/1972

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Died in prison

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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.

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Deputy Key - you're never forgotten. Peace be always with you and your family. God bless

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock
April 15, 2017

 

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