Deputy Sheriff Jerry Van Barber

Deputy Sheriff Jerry Van Barber

Onslow County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, November 6, 1976

Jerry Van Barber

Deputy Jerry Barber was struck and killed by a drunk driver while assisting a Jacksonville police officer during a traffic stop on Johnson Boulevard. Deputy Barber was struck as he returned to his patrol car. He was transported to Onslow Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The suspect was arrested at the scene and charged with DWI and vehicular manslaughter.

Deputy Barber had been with the agency for a total of four years and had previously served with the United States Air Force. He was survived by his wife, two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, parents, and six siblings.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 211
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with manslaughter

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Find my Son and you'll enjoy a brand new watch if you so choose Brother. I remember well the last time we spoke and smiled not so long ago. March on, hold your head up high, and be proud.

Capt./L/Cpl/Auth. Agent
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April 1, 2015

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