Deputy Sheriff Ewart W. Sanders

Deputy Sheriff Ewart W. Sanders

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, January 1, 1933

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Ewart W. Sanders

Deputy Sheriff Ewart Sanders was shot and killed by a prisoner he and another deputy were transporting to the Cleveland County Jail. The man had been arrested by the deputies on a drinking charge.

As the patrol car pulled into the jail's sallyport, the man produced a hidden handgun and opened fire, striking Deputy Sanders in the chest. Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy Sanders was able to return fire and killed the man.

Deputy Sanders succumbed to his wounds while being taken to a local hospital.

Deputy Sanders was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

DIP, prisoner custody, transport

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Deputy Sheriff Sanders,
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 Cleveland County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 1, 2023

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