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Deputy Sheriff Dewey L. Swain | Bertie County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Bertie County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff

Dewey L. Swain

Bertie County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, July 5, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Died in prison

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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.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
July 13, 2015


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