Deputy Sheriff Chad Wesley Pritchard

Deputy Sheriff Chad Wesley Pritchard

Overton County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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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