Deputy Sheriff E. Dean Pray

Deputy Sheriff E. Dean Pray

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, Maine

End of Watch Tuesday, August 20, 1940

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E. Dean Pray

Deputy Sheriff Dean Pray was shot and killed after he confronted a man that was creating a disturbance near an automotive garage in North Windham.

The suspect, 49, was convicted of murder and committed to Thomaston State Prison on January 13th, 1942, to serve a life sentence. On August 16, 1963, he hanged himself in his cell.

Deputy Pray was a WWI veteran and had served with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, son, sister, and brother.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Committed suicide in prison

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Deputy Pray, it has been 83 years since you were taken from us. Northen New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your military and law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

August 20, 2023

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