Deputy Sheriff Dewey L. Swain

Deputy Sheriff Dewey L. Swain

Bertie County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, July 5, 1968

Dewey L. Swain

Deputy Dewey Swain was shot and killed when he and another deputy attempted to serve mental commitment papers on a man in the Colerain community of the county. Deputy Swain was struck by a shotgun blast that came from inside the house as he exited his patrol car at the residence. Over 50 officers responded to the location from Bertie and neighboring counties. The suspect was forced from the home with tear gas and taken into custody.

The suspect was convicted of Deputy Swain's murder and sentenced to prison on November 15, 1972. He died in prison on October 24, 1973.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Died in prison

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Deputy Sheriff Swain,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bertie County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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July 5, 2018

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