Sheriff Abraham Garland Byler

Sheriff Abraham Garland Byler

Baxter County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Wednesday, June 15, 1892

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Abraham Garland Byler

Sheriff Abraham Byler was shot and killed while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a murder suspect in Gassville.

The suspect opened fire on Sheriff Byler with a rifle and then fled to Georgia. He was never apprehended or tried for Sheriff Byler's murder.

Sheriff Byler was a veteran of the Confederate Army and he served as the first sheriff of Baxter County. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Never apprehended

murder suspect, warrant service

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While there is the absurdity and bewilderment as to why nobody was ever arrested and brought to justice, it's important to know that no passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police

June 15, 2020

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