Deputy Sheriff
Paul H. Prater
Jay County Sheriff's Department
Tuesday, January 4, 1983

Age: 28
Served: 3 years, 6 months
Badge #:
Panel 46E, Line 3
Panel L32, Line 10

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Struck by vehicle
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, January 4, 1983
06:25 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
State Road 67 near County Road 150 South
Incident County:
Jay
Incident Township:
Greene
Weapon Used:
None
Suspect Disposition:
Charged
Burial Place:
Salamonia Cemetery, Salamonia

   Deputy Paul Prater was struck and killed by a vehicle during a traffic stop northeast of Redkey.

   He had stopped a van for speeding and as he stood by the driver's side of the van, a northbound vehicle struck him.

   Deputy Prater was taken to Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie where he died a short time later.

   The 87-year-old male driver of the vehicle that struck Deputy Prater was charged with reckless homicide.

   Deputy Prater was survived by his wife and two children.

Historical Note

• The 87-year-old offender is the second-oldest known to be involved in a line of duty death in Indiana.



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