Sheriff James L. Barclay

Sheriff James L. Barclay

McDonough County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, May 18, 1917

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James L. Barclay

Sheriff James Barclay was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect wanted for murder and auto theft. When surrounded by a posse the suspect shot and killed himself.

Sheriff Barclay had served with the McDonough County Sheriff's Office for three years. He was survived by his wife, daughter and son. His son later went on to serve as a deputy sheriff and sheriff of McDonough County.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

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A century has passed since Sheriff James Barclay laid down his life, and today we honor his memory.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

May 18, 2017

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