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Sheriff J. E. Zachary | Yadkin County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Yadkin County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Sheriff

J. E. Zachary

Yadkin County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, February 13, 1920

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 5 years, 2 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/13/1920

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Suspect: Sentenced commuted to 30 years

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Sheriff J.E. Zachary was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man at an illegal whiskey still.

Assisted by a volunteer baptist minister, Rev. T. A. Caudle, Sheriff Zachary investigated a report of an illegal still in southeast Yadkin County. Robah Augustus Baity, Spencer Lee McNeil, and Jim Brown were found at the illegal distillery. During an altercation, Zachary grabbed Baity and McNeil by the coat lapels. Baity pulled an Iver Johnson .38 revolver and shot Zachary, instantly killing him. Spencer and Brown ran from the scene.

The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to death but the North Carolina governor later commuted the sentence to 30 years in prison.

Sheriff Zachary was survived by his wife and son.

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RIP Sir, you were a hero

James Kotke
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WSF Park Police (Wi.)
February 13, 2012

 

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