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Deputy Sheriff Ernest C. Prouty | Jasper County Sheriff's Department, Indiana Jasper County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

Deputy Sheriff

Ernest C. Prouty

Jasper County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Sunday, January 4, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 11/16/1930

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 10 years

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Deputy Ernest Prouty died from an internal infection resulting from a gunshot wound to the stomach and liver suffered seven weeks earlier.

Deputy Prouty and another officer had arrested two men for the illegal sale of gasoline and a subsequent stabbing in Newland when one of the suspects grabbed the other officer's service revolver and shot him. Both were captured in Northern Indiana several days later.

Before Deputy Prouty's death the shooter was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison. After his death both men were charged with second degree murder. The charges were dismissed in 1935.

Deputy Prouty had served with the Jasper County Sheriff's Department for four years. He was the county's first deputy and only had four months to work to be eligible for retirement.

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I wish I could have known my Grandfather, my Grandmother honored him and never remarried, she finished raising her children on her own, my Dad was only about 2 0r 3 when my Grandfather died. I wish there was a way to connect with the person that said they were adopted out of the family, I never heard of anyone given up for adoption, not to say it isn't true. I would be able to share so much of the family history.

Barbara Prouty Helton
July 14, 2017


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