Sheriff C. Roy Kelly

Sheriff C. Roy Kelly

Howell County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, December 19, 1931

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C. Roy Kelly

Sheriff C. Roy Kelly was shot and killed by two members of the Barker Gang while investigating a suspicious car. One of the suspects was responsible for the murder of Chief Manley Jackson, of the Pocahontas Police Department, Arkansas.

This suspect was later shot and killed by FBI agents. The second suspect was apprehended and committed suicide in 1979.

Sheriff Kelly was survived by his wife.

The Barker-Karpis Gang committed violent crimes throughout the American Midwest in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Members and associates of the gang were responsible for the murders of at least ten law enforcement officers.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Although I didn't know Sheriff Kelly personally, The Heartfelt loss of his life in the manner it was taken will linger with me for ever, Some days as I patrol past where the Barker gang gunned him down I visualize what happened that day. As a succeeding Deputy for Howell County it is truly an honor to serve in the same county of which Sheriff Kelly was the our honorable Sheriff.

Lt. Mike Coldiron
25 years of service

December 20, 2011

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