Deputy Sheriff James R. Ryals

Deputy Sheriff James R. Ryals

Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Saturday, March 11, 1922

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James R. Ryals

Deputy Sheriff James Ryals and Deputized Civilian Alfred Camp were shot and killed while attempting to arrest two robbery suspects in Monroe.

Deputy Ryals had deputized Alfred Camp and his father two assist with arresting the two men who had robbed a hardware store in Wheatley the previous night. As they approached the pair one of the men opened fire with a shotgun, killing Deputy Ryals and Deputized Civilian Camp, and wounding Deputy Civilian Camp's father.

The men fled into a nearby swamp but were arrested several hours later. One, age 21, was charged with both murders. On May 1, 1922, he was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to death. His sentenced was commuted to life on October 18, 1922.

Deputy Ryals was a widower.


  • Age 69
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

robbery, arrest

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Deputy Sheriff Royals,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Monroe County.


United States Border Patrol

March 11, 2022

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