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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Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 20, 2020

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