Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray Armes

Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray Armes

Roane County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, March 15, 1983

Dennis Ray Armes

Deputy Sheriff Dennis Armes was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle on Highway 58 in Kingston, Tennessee. The suspect 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.

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 Sentenced to life

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This day never gets any easier, even after 35 years... I love you and miss you TERRIBLY. I can remember the way you smell and your smile. I can’t remember what your voice sounded like, but I can remember how your arms felt with me in them. NEVER FORGOTTEN.

Christina Armes Zerod

March 15, 2018

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