Sheriff Emmett O. Edmonds

Sheriff Emmett O. Edmonds

Baxter County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Saturday, May 4, 1968

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 shot him with a .32 caliber handgun that had been smuggled into them earlier. The shooter escaped but was apprehended three days later in Cotter. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in 1969.

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; .32 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 45th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 10, 2013

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