Sheriff Elisha Franklin "Lish" Barber

Sheriff Elisha Franklin "Lish" Barber

Miller County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Friday, October 30, 1925

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Elisha Franklin "Lish" Barber

Sheriff Lish Barber and Chief Deputy Bob Smith were shot and killed after being requested to meet three subjects at a local business.

While talking with the three, the former police chief of Texarkana and his two sons, an argument ensued and gunfire erupted. Both Sheriff Barber and Deputy Smith were shot and killed. One of the suspects was shot and wounded in return gunfire.

All three were arrested and charged in connection with the murders. The former chief was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Sheriff Barber was survived by his wife and two children. His wife finished his unexpired term as sheriff.


  • Age 51
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 86th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater. Pittsburg Police Dept., eow 4/24

November 1, 2011

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