Deputy Sheriff Sanford A. Pruett

Deputy Sheriff Sanford A. Pruett

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, July 12, 1930

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Sanford A. Pruett

Deputy Sheriff Sanford Pruett was intentionally struck and killed by the driver of a vehicle that he, four other Cleveland County deputies, and a United States federal revenue officer had stopped on the road at Ward's Gap.

Deputy Pruett was assisting the federal officer in apprehending a bootlegger. As they approached the vehicle the driver put it in reverse and attempted to strike the officers. Deputy Pruett was struck and killed as he pushed another officer clear of the oncoming car.

The driver of the vehicle and three passengers were arrested and charged with manslaughter, but those charges were later dismissed by a district judge.

Deputy Pruett had served with the Cleveland County Sheriff's Department for six years. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Charges dismissed

alcohol violation

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Deputy Sheriff Pruett,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of of Cleveland County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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July 5, 2020

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