Deputy Sheriff Edward Landers Drew

Deputy Sheriff Edward Landers Drew

Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, May 15, 1911

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Edward Landers Drew

Deputy Sheriff Ed Drew was shot and killed while attempting to stop a robbery of a bar in Sonaratown, a suburban mining town just south of Ray, Arizona. Both towns are now gone.

Deputy Dew was speaking with the owner of the bar when a masked man entered and ordered everyone to put their hands up. Deputy Drew refused and when the man attempted to strike him he drew his service revolver. The suspect opened fire, striking Deputy Drew twice as they struggled and then fled.

The subject was eventually apprehended and sentenced to life in prison. He was released in 1947 due to his failing health.

Deputy Drew had served with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office for only three months. He was survived by his wife, three children, three brothers, and one sister. He is buried in Pearce Cemetery, Cochise County, Arizona.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Drew.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 7, 2020

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