Deputy Sheriff
Ernest C. Prouty
Jasper County Sheriff's Department
Sunday, January 4, 1931

Age: 44
Served: 4 years
Badge #:
Military Service:
Panel 42E, Line 19
Panel L32, Line 6

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, November 16, 1930

Incident to Death Duration:
49 days
Incident Location:
Newland
Incident County:
Jasper
Incident Township:
Barkley
Weapon Used:
Handgun
Suspect Info:
Charged
Burial Location:
Weston Cemetery, Rensselaer

   Deputy Ernest Prouty died from an internal infection resulting from a gunshot wound to the stomach and liver suffered seven weeks earlier.

   Deputy Prouty and another deputy were investigating the illegal sale of gasoline and a subsequent stabbing at a gambling house in Newland. As they escorted two subjects from the home, occupants began shooting at the deputies who returned fire. One of the handcuffed men, an 18-year-old, grabbed Deputy Prouty's gun and shot him.

   Both men, who were injured by gunfire, released themselves from their handcuffs and forced a motorist to drive them away. They were captured four days later near Hamden, Ohio, then extradited and charged with first-degree murder.

   Deputy Prouty was the county's first deputy and only had four months to work to be eligible for retirement.