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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I have missed my brother Dennis everyday since he was taken. Drugs have been the root cause of the loss of many in this world. Many children have lost parents in the line of duty. He was dedicated to his job and family.
As for what he would think today I know he would want his children to always lobe his parents and respect them and stay in touch because no one lives with a greater heartbreak from his loss than them.
For all you in the service of your communities. Never remove your vests. And No One who takes a life should ever be paroled.
I pray
God's Blessings and protection for all the officers .
We appreciate your work and dedication to service.

Donna Weatherington

May 15, 2017

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