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Deputy Sheriff Adam William Klutz | Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff

Adam William Klutz

Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, September 19, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # 154

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; AR-15

Offender: Committed suicide

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Deputy Adam Klutz was shot and killed while responding to a 911 hangup call on Fox Winkler Road.

When Deputy Klutz arrived at the scene a man at the home opened fire on him with an AR-15, striking him in the head as he exited his patrol car. A second deputy who arrived moments later was shot in the chest once before he was able to exit his patrol car. The round that struck him was stopped by his vest.

Deputy Klutz was transported to Caldwell Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Five days after the shooting the suspect's body was found on his property suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Deputy Klutz had served with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office for 1.5 years. He had previously worked at the Caldwell Detention Center for approximately one year and had served three months with the Hickory Police Department. He is survived by his parents.

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Its been seven years now since that awful night. I still remember the call like it was last night. Hearing Lt. Martin call saying you were down. Cpl Isaacs, Major Anderson and myself trying to get all of you out. Remembering all the Officers from different agencies that showed up to assist. It seemed like they were there before even being asked. I remember putting you in the back of the ambulance praying for the best but knowing the worst had happened. It hurts today as much as it did that night. You will never be forgotten my friend and though I know you are in a better place and can't tell you how much I wish you were still here. God Bless You and all the have the courage to wear the Badge.

Lt. T McManus (Retired)
Caldwell Co. Sheriffs Office
September 18, 2015


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