Sergeant Otis Vernon Love, Jr.

Sergeant Otis Vernon Love, Jr.

Sheridan Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Sunday, February 8, 1998

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Otis Vernon Love, Jr.

Sergeant Otis V. Love and Patrolman Bobby Ray Watson were killed when their patrol car was struck by another car when they made a U-turn at 5:30 a.m.

As Patrolman Watson was making the U-turn on Arkansas 35 north of Sheridan, the other car struck the patrol car. Both officers were killed instantly. The 25-year-old driver of the other car was critically injured. He had a BAC of .06 and was not legally drunk.

Sergeant Love was a United States Vietnam War veteran serving with the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force and had served with the Sheridan Police Department for 8 years. He is survived by his wife, four sons, and seven grandchildren.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

traffic patrol, vehicle crash

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Its been 25 years since you passed Otis, but you are not forgotten. I love you brother and I am confident that we will meet again.
Chris Love if you want contact me [email protected] Would love to hear from you.

Retired Cpl.
Buncombe County Sheriff's Office N.C.

May 23, 2024

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