Type of Officer: Sheriff
Jurisdiction: Thomas County
County: Thomas
Death Date: 8/24/1925
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
Two robbers on a two-state crime spree had killed a police officer in North Platte, Nebraska and were headed for the Kansas line. A posse led by Sheriff Pratt blockaded the road north of Colby. When the bandits stopped their car, the sheriff approached the side of the car and was shot and killed. The two men made their escape with a posse of cars, airplanes and ground searches in pursuit. One of the assailants was captured in New Mexico and the other was killed in Oklahoma.