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Sheriff Jerry Vernon Beach | Martin County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina Martin County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Sheriff

Jerry Vernon Beach

Martin County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Monday, October 12, 1992

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: 28 years

Badge # 528

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/12/1992

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Suspect: Committed suicide

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Sheriff Beach was shot and killed after responding to an officer needs assistance call at a bank in Oak City. The Oak City Police Chief had interrupted a robbery in progress before the bank opened, and the suspect had fired on him and taken the bank's maintenance crew, an elderly couple, hostage. Sheriff Beach, a hostage negotiator, responded to the scene. After calming the suspect down and bringing him the food he had requested, the Sheriff asked the suspect to release the hostages and take him as a hostage in their place. As Sheriff Beach opened his coat to show the suspect he was unarmed, the suspect fired without provocation, striking him in the abdomen.

Sheriff Beach managed to run to a nearby officer before collapsing. An ambulance attempted to transport him to Martin General Hospital in Williamston, but he succumbed to his injuries en route to the hospital.

Over 700 local, state and federal officers from across North
Carolina responded and surrounded the bank. The suspect, a known crack cocaine addict, became increasingly irrational. When a State Bureau of Investigation SWAT team attempted a rescue the following morning, the suspect was wounded and the female hostage was killed in an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the officers. The suspect was taken to the state prison hospital in Raleigh NC, where he hanged himself several days later while awaiting trial on two counts of murder.

Sheriff Beach was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army Field Artillery and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. He had served as the Sheriff for two years and as a Deputy Sheriff for 26 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

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Jerry was a good friend, a lodge brother, a fellow veteran and a kind man. When Iwas a SGT at Robersonville PD, I would moonlight at the SO. Jerry helped me get a job closer to home when my mother was ill and living back here in the mountains. He was a great man, public official and friend. Here 20 years later, he is still missed. RIP Sheriff.

Chief (RET) John Millan
NC Public Schools Avery Dist
September 20, 2012

 

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