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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Although much time has past since your death, you are not forgotten. Your children certainly remember you and the difficult times after your death. You would be so very proud of your children. One, in fact that I know of, follows in your honorable footsteps.

There has to be a very special place for an honest and respectable officer to rest in heaven. How can there not be? A person that misses memories with his own children due to the fact that he is watching over others he may not even know. He is trusted by most and loved by many. Unimaginable what kind of world we would have without our Helper, our Protector, our Friend. I pray that more in the world would be kinder, show respect and assist an officer in any way possible. Thank-you for your service.....

Warmly, Debra, Nurse in Old Joe, AR

February 20, 2018

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