Deputy Sheriff Chad Wesley Pritchard

Deputy Sheriff Chad Wesley Pritchard

Overton County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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Chad Wesley Pritchard

Deputy Sheriff Chad Pritchard died when he fell into a sinkhole just outside of Standing Stone State Park.

He, another deputy, and two state park rangers, were investigating a cold case homicide in the area of Rocky Mound Road when they came across the sinkhole. As Deputy Prichard attempted to get a closer look with his flashlight, the ground around the sinkhole gave way and he fell approximately 160-feet to the bottom.

Rescue personnel responded to the scene and recovered his body several hours later.

Deputy Pritchard had served as a deputy for only 2-1/2 months. He had previously served in the Overton County Jail and in the United States Army in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is survived by his wife and parents.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 months, 2 weeks
  • Badge 108
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall

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