Deputy Sheriff Arthur Yeary

Deputy Sheriff Arthur Yeary

Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, June 21, 1953

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Arthur Yeary

Deputy Sheriff Arthur Yeary was shot and killed after investigating a domestic disturbance call on a farm near Athens involving a man and his wife.

He arrested the man and had him in his car when the subject suddenly grabbed his service revolver and shot him. The 51-year-old man was apprehended by a posse the next day. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He applied for a parole on October 9, 1969, and was released at some point before November 13, 1980, a date he died at his home in Pineville.

Deputy Yeary was a WWI veteran and a member of the Masons. He had served with the Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office for 20 years and also served as the town marshal of Athens. He was an expert at handling bloodhounds and often took them in searches for other law enforcement agencies, even in other nearby states, especially Texas and Arkansas. He was survived by his wife, three sisters, and three brothers.


  • Age 60
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Although I was only 5 years old at the time I can still remember the feelings of tragedy, loss and fear that surrounded that day. The day you made the ultimate sacrifice was the day I realized for the first time that evil things can happen in this world.

Randy Peeples

January 10, 2016

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