Policeman Pritchett was shot and killed while at the scene of a domestic dispute.
Policeman Pritchett and another officer responded to the scene. The other officer arrived first and began to struggle with the suspect. As Policeman Pritchett entered the business the suspect broke free from the other officer, produced a handgun, and shot Policeman Pritchett in the chest. The suspect and the other officer then exchanged shots and both were wounded.
The suspect later stated that he had gone to the business and planned on committing suicide in front of his wife.