Pair killed in 1887 to be honored on Arkansas monument

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - The names of 2 lawmen from Grant County who were killed in a shootout 123 years ago will go onto the Arkansas Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on Monday, joining those of other law-enforcement officers who died in action.

The names of 2 officers who died more recently - within the past year - will also be added to the memorial on the lawn of the state Capitol and, three days later, to a national memorial in Washington.

The names to be added from long ago are those of H.L. Smith and John A. Bratton, killed Feb. 1, 1887, in a confrontation between a posse and a family of outlaws from Pulaski County. Their memories were kept alive by another member of that posse, whose great-grandson worked to see that Smith and Bratton got the honor they deserved.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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