Trooper Pavatt was shot and killed by a AWOL soldier while checking cabins in a remote area because of a series of burglaries.
As Trooper Pavatt and four men approached a suspicious man standing near a cabin he opened fire with a rifle killing Trooper Pavatt. The next day the owner of the cabin was found in a shallow grave nearby. The suspect was captured in El Reno, Oklahoma, nine days later. He was returned to Arkansas and charged with the owner of the cabin and Trooper Pavatt's murder.
The suspect was convicted of Trooper Pavatt's murder and sentenced to life on June 23, 1949. A few weeks later he was found to be insane and committed in a mental institution. He was never tried for the cabin owners murder.
Trooper Pavatt had served with the agency for 1 year. He was survived by his wife and child.