Deputy Sheriff Anthony "Sean" Pursifull

Deputy Sheriff Anthony "Sean" Pursifull

Bell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, January 10, 2008

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Anthony "Sean" Pursifull

Deputy Sean Pursifull was killed when his parked patrol car was intentionally rammed by a suspect fleeing a Kentucky State Police trooper. The two juvenile suspects in the car had just stolen gas from a service station in Baxter and then fled down U.S. 119.

As the occupants fled from the state troopers, the driver crossed the centerline and rammed Deputy Pursifull's patrol car, which was stopped near the county line as the pursuit entered Bell County. Deputy Pursifull and his canine partner, King, were both killed.

The two suspects were taken into custody and charged with murder and assault on a service animal. The driver of the vehicle later plead guilty to wanton murder. He was subsequently sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Deputy Pursifull is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 409

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

juvenile offender, larceny, vehicle pursuit

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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Pursifull.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 22, 2020

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