County deputy, former Ripley County resident killed
The death of a Jefferson County
Sheriffs Deputy has hit the Ripley County community hard
as news of the former resident being killed was heard.
A one vehicle crash claimed the life of Deputy Roy B. (Bruce)
Sutton, Jr., 33, of Hanover Friday, December 11. According to
information from Sgt. Noel Houze of the Indiana State Police,
Deputy Sutton was responding to a domestic dispute involving weapons
on Dugan Hollow Road when the accident occurred.
Sutton was near his destination when he met another vehicle traveling
toward him on Dugan Hollow Road, which is described as very
hilly and winding. The sheriffs vehicle ran off the
right side of the roadway and went down a steep embankment and
was airborne with the drivers side striking a tree. Although
the deputy was wearing his seat belt, he suffered fatal head trauma
and was pronounced dead at the scene by Alice Jackson, Jefferson
Deputy Sutton was a 1996 graduate of South Ripley High School
and was from the New Marion area. He attended the New Marion Baptist
Church where he was baptized. He played sports, varsity basketball,
baseball and track for South Ripley. He then attended Northern
Kentucky University and Ivy Tech State College. He graduated from
the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield in July of 2009
and had been with the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department
for the past year.
He married Melissa A. Pyles on January 25, 2003 and has resided
in the Hanover community for the past four years. He is described
as being a devoted uncle, an avid sports fan following IU Basketball,
the Bengals and Cincinnati Reds teams. He enjoyed hunting, fishing
and being with his family.
Funeral services will take place Thursday, December 17 at 11 a.m.
at the Madison Consolidated High School Gymnasium, 743 Clifty
Drive, Madison, with full honors conducted by the Fraternal Order
of Police Memorial Team and the Jefferson County Sheriffs
Department. The service will be officiated by Chaplain J.D. Traylor
of the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department. Burial will
take place in the New Marion Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 16 from 3-8 p.m. and
Thursday, December 17 from 10 a.m. until time of the service at
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of the officer to
the Chelsea Bass Masters Kids Fishing Tournament or the
DARE Program or the Lide White Boys and Girls Club through the
Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre.
See full obituary inside todays paper.
Deputy Roy Bruce Sutton