Auxiliary Deputy Ervin Leonard Penland

Auxiliary Deputy Ervin Leonard Penland

Buncombe County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, March 18, 1974

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Ervin Leonard Penland

Auxiliary Deputy Ervin Penland succumbed to injuries sustained on January 15th, 1974, while he and his partner pursued a vehicle along Beaverdam Road at about 7:30 pm.

He was ejected from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries. He was transported to a local hospital before being transported to the VA Hospital, where he remained until succumbing to his injuries.

Deputy Penland had served as full-time deputy for four years before resigning two weeks before the crash to take a higher-paying job in the private sector. He continued with the department as an unpaid volunteer auxiliary deputy after resigning.

He was survived by his wife and daughters.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 722

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 15, 1974
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

vehicle pursuit

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Deputy Penland,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Buncombe County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 18, 2024

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