Sheriff Emmett O. Edmonds

Sheriff Emmett O. Edmonds

Baxter County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Saturday, May 4, 1968

Add to My Heroes

Emmett O. Edmonds

Sheriff Edmonds was shot and killed during an escape from the Baxter County Courthouse Jail. He and a city marshal had gone to the third floor of the courthouse to feed the prisoners breakfast. While Sheriff Edmonds talked to two of the prisoners they suddenly attacked him and one shot him with a .32 caliber handgun that had been smuggled to him by his wife earlier. The shooter escaped but was apprehended three days later in Cotter.

The suspect, 30, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in 1969. He was still in prison on January 1, 1999.

Sheriff Edmonds had been with the agency for ten years and was survived by his wife, daughter and two sons.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

Most Recent Reflection

View all 11 Reflections

Rest in peace Sheriff Edmonds.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 9, 2022

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.