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Chief Deputy Sheriff Max Daniels | Avery County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Avery County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Chief Deputy Sheriff

Max Daniels

Avery County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Monday, May 16, 1949

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 101

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 5/14/1949

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Case resulted in mistrial

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Chief Deputy Daniels succumbed to wounds received two days earlier after being dragged and thrown from a car while investigating possible transportation of illegal moonshine near the Plumtree community. Chief Deputy Daniels, who was not in uniform at the time, noticed the speeding vehicle and, because he had two prisoners in the back of this police car, borrowed a pickup truck from a friend. He was able to catch the speeding vehicle and stop it.

As Chief Deputy Daniels stepped onto the running board of a suspicious car the driver grabbed him and held him in the window as he sped away. As the driver surpassed 50 mph he pushed Chief Deputy Daniels from the car and his body struck a tree, causing fatal injuries. The suspect was brought to trial in connection with Deputy Daniels' death but the trial ended with a deadlocked jury. The man was not retried for the incident.

At the time his death, Chief Deputy Daniels had just returned to duty after recovering from a previous incident under almost identical circumstances.

Chief Deputy Daniels had served with the agency for 9 years and was survived by his wife and children.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 16, 2015


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