Sheriff John Evander Zachary

Sheriff John Evander Zachary

Yadkin County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, February 13, 1920

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John Evander Zachary

Sheriff J.E. Zachary was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man at an illegal whiskey still.

Assisted by a volunteer baptist minister, Rev. T. A. Caudle, Sheriff Zachary investigated a report of an illegal still in southeast Yadkin County. Robah Augustus Baity, Spencer Lee McNeil, and Jim Brown were found at the illegal distillery. During an altercation, Zachary grabbed Baity and McNeil by the coat lapels. Baity pulled an Iver Johnson .38 revolver and shot Zachary, instantly killing him. Spencer and Brown ran from the scene but were later captured.

The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to death but the North Carolina governor later commuted the sentence to 30 years in prison. He was paroled October 20, 1931.

Sheriff Zachary was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 5 years, 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Paroled in 1931

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