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Deputy Sheriff Ernest Christian Potter, III | Kershaw County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina Kershaw County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

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Ernest Christian Potter, III

Kershaw County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Thursday, February 21, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 4 months

Badge # 14

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff Ernest Potter was shot and killed when he and his partner stopped to investigate two men who were hitchhiking on I-20. As the deputies stepped out of their patrol car a third suspect surprised them from behind a guardrail and held them at gunpoint.

The three suspects walked the two deputies down an embankment where they opened fire on both deputies. Deputy Potter was struck in the head several times and killed. The other deputy was shot in the head and seriously wounded.

The three suspects had murdered Patrolman Richey Finch, of the Forest Acres Police Department, when Patrolman Finch stopped their vehicle several hours earlier. The shooter was sentenced to life plus 99 years.

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