Deputy Sheriff Glendal Ray Archer

Deputy Sheriff Glendal Ray Archer

Clay County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Thursday, April 6, 1972

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Glendal Ray Archer

Deputy Sheriff Glendal Archer, Sheriff Douglas Batey, and Deputy Sheriff Troy Key were shot and killed in McDougal as they attempted to serve a warrant for assault with intent to kill.

As they exited their vehicles in the suspect's driveway, the man opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun. Sheriff Batey and Deputy Archer 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 Archer had served with the Clay County Sheriff's Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Died in prison

warrant service

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Deputy Sheriff Archer,
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 Clay County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 6, 2022

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