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

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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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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 7, 2012


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