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Deputy Sheriff Chad Lee Mechels | Turner County Sheriff's Department, South Dakota Turner County Sheriff's Department, South Dakota

Deputy Sheriff

Chad Lee Mechels

Turner County Sheriff's Department, South Dakota

End of Watch: Sunday, March 15, 2009

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 61-A7

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Chad Mechels was shot and killed while performing a well-being visit.

Deputy Mechels responded to a farmhouse west of Marion, South Dakota, to check on the well-being of an individual. After arriving, he was shot. He was taken to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls where he died from his injuries.

The suspect, a 19-year-old male, called 911 to report he had shot Deputy Mechels and then fled the scene. He was taken into custody later in the day when he turned himself in at the Minnehaha County Law Enforcement Center.

On November 18, 2010, the suspect pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to life.

Deputy Mechels had served with the Turner County Sheriff's Department for five months. He had previously served with the Lake County Sheriff's Department and Kingsbury County Sheriff's Department, for a total of five years of law enforcement experience.

Deputy Mechels is survived by his wife, 7-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, parents, and two sisters.

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I'm not sure why, but I thought about you today. As I sat here reading through the past reflections in your memory, I can't help but think about your beautiful family. I have heard stories of silly antics that your children have done over the past five years, and I know you are up in heaven smiling down on them and their love for life.

God Speed Deputy Mechels. You will never be forgotten.

LEO Wife, SD
August 29, 2014


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