Patrolman Sonny W. Vaughn

Patrolman Sonny W. Vaughn

Burlington Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, December 7, 1938

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Sonny W. Vaughn

Patrolman Sonny Vaughn and Sheriff Mercellus Robertson, of the Alamance County Sheriff's Department, were shot and killed by two escaped convicts while responding to a burglary-in-progress at a service station at the corner of North Church Street and Trade Street.

Both were met with gunshots from the darkness as they entered the station. A third officer returned fire through a window killing one of the convicts as they tried to escape through a back door. The other convict escaped.

Both convicts had escaped from an Anson County Prison Camp on October 22, 1938.

Patrolman Vaughn was survived by his wife, two sons, and three daughters.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Sonnie, you are my great grandfather. I am Sonnie Walter Vaughn's grand daughter by Sandra Dixon. Although I never got to meet you, I grew up on stories about you and your bravery of service. I now work in the records department for the Graham Police and I firmly believe that you are the reason for my genuine love and interest in the law enforcement agency. I wanted to become a detective, but got distracted early on with the newspaper industry. Sadly, that is no more due to the end of print publications because of advanced technology. I regret not further pursuing my dream. I am inspired by your sacrifice. Rest easy...

Kande Dixon
Great Granddaughter

December 8, 2020

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