DeKalb County Sheriff Dies in Duty-Related Car Crash

At approximately 11:20 a.m. this morning, while responding to assist one of his deputies, DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Clark was involved in a vehicle crash. Sheriff Clark died as a result of injuries he sustained.

Sheriff Clark took office on September 1, 2016. He is the first Missouri sheriff to die in the line-of-duty since 1994. Maries County Sheriff Roy Bassett was shot and killed while assisting a Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper investigate a minor traffic accident. Sheriff Clark was on his way to help his deputy who was trying to catch a man accused of fleeing after stealing a package of beer.

The Missouri Law Enforcement Funeral Assistance Team, Supporting Heroes, and the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Fallen Star Benevolent Fund representatives, as well as representatives from many sheriffs’ offices across Missouri are providing support.

We pray for the family, friends, and loved ones. Sheriff Clark leaves behind a wife and four young children.

Kevin Merritt
Executive Director
Missouri Sheriffs’ Association

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