Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray Armes

Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray Armes

Roane County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, March 15, 1983

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Dennis Ray Armes

Deputy Sheriff Dennis Armes was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle on Highway 58 approximately six miles south of Kingston, Tennessee.

The subjet shot at him three times and struck him once. Deputy Armes was able to return fire, but his gun jammed after several shots. Deputy Armes, who was not wearing a vest at the time, was struck in the chest and killed.

The suspect was sentenced to life in prison. He was denied parole in 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016. He subsequently died in prison in May 2020.

Deputy Armes had served with the Roane County Sheriff's Office for two years. He was survived by his daughter, son, parents, two brothers, and sister.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 7

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison

traffic stop

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Dennis was a good friend and fishing buddy of mine when we were both stationed at Homestead Air Force Base Florida. We were in the same squadron ,and flight. Both weapons techs. Both lived in pine isle trailer park on u.s. one. Time ,miles and duty seen us go in opposite directions. I joined the PA. Bradford County Sheriff's dept in 1985. The memory of my good friend road with me for 20 plus years. We always planned that someday we would fish Watts Bar lake together.

Hope to see you when I
Cross the river my friend.
Gary Park

Sgt. Gary W Park
Bradford County Pa Sheriff's Dept

August 8, 2021

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