Trooper Algin Sidney Pavatt

Trooper Algin Sidney Pavatt

Arkansas State Police, Arkansas

End of Watch Sunday, September 26, 1948

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Algin Sidney Pavatt

Trooper Pavatt was shot and killed by a AWOL soldier while checking cabins in a remote area because of a series of burglaries.

As Trooper Pavatt and four men approached a suspicious man standing near a cabin he opened fire with a rifle killing Trooper Pavatt. The next day the owner of the cabin was found in a shallow grave nearby. The suspect was captured in El Reno, Oklahoma, nine days later. He was returned to Arkansas and charged with the owner of the cabin and Trooper Pavatt's murder.

The 23-year-old suspect was convicted of Trooper Pavatt's murder and sentenced to life on June 23, 1949. He was never tried for the cabin owners murder. He was paroled February 8, 1968.

Trooper Pavatt had served with the agency for 1 year. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Paroled in 1968

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