Marshal Hickey Steelman

Marshal Hickey Steelman

Bearden Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Sunday, March 14, 1948

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Hickey Steelman

Marshal Hickey Steelman was shot and killed from ambush by a man who held a grudge against him.

Marshal Steelman had shot and wounded the suspect one year earlier when he attempted to arrest him on a charge of drunkenness.

On May 5th, 1948, the suspect, 33, was convicted of Marshal Steelman's murder and sentenced to life.

Marshal Steelman had served with the Bearden Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

ambush, retaliation

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Marshal Steelman,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bearden. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 14, 2023

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