Deputy Sheriff Sanford A. Pruett

Deputy Sheriff Sanford A. Pruett

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, July 5, 1930

Sanford A. Pruett

Deputy Pruett was intentionally stuck and killed by the driver of an auto which he, four other Cleveland County Sheriff's Deputies and a United States Federal Revenue Officer had stopped. Deputy Pruett was assisting the federal officer in apprehending a bootlegger. After stopping the suspects vehicle, the officers approached. As they approached the vehicle, the driver put the vehicle 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 and 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

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 13, 2015

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