Trooper Louis Perry Bryant

Trooper Louis Perry Bryant

Arkansas State Police, Arkansas

End of Watch Saturday, June 30, 1984

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Louis Perry Bryant

Trooper Louis Bryant was shot and killed during a traffic stop by a member of a terrorist group. He was shot several times by the suspect with a modified Colt .45. The suspect was apprehended by police in Oklahoma after a shootout. He was sentenced to life without parole for Trooper Bryant's murder but sentenced to death for another murder. The death sentence was carried out in 1995.

Trooper Bryant was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

Four members of the DeQueen, Arkansas, Police Department were killed in an automobile accident while en route to Trooper Bryant's funeral. The officers who were killed were Captain William Mills, Patrolman Herman Jones, Patrolman William Gilham, and Sergeant Roy Brewer.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Executed in 1995

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Lewis Bryant was my friend. He was the same guy all the time and never played games. He loved his family, job & his bass boat in that order. Some of the best memories I have from those years was as a deputy and working with Lewis Bryant. He made you laugh in times when you weren’t, but needed to do so badly! This was a tragedy that should never have happened. In these times now with a war on police front and center, at least he didn’t have to see it. If your a cop it makes no difference your ethnicity you do the job and Lewis liked everyone he met! He made a difference and is severely missed every day.

Eric Dean

October 20, 2020

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