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Deputy Sheriff Jeffrey Vaughn Mitchell | Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

Jeffrey Vaughn Mitchell

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, October 27, 2006
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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Jeffrey Vaughn Mitchell


Deputy Mitchell - the circumstances of your death have affected me every time I think about them. I think of you by yourself, in the early morning dark on a lonely road, protecting the citizens of Sacramento County and remain grateful that men like you are standing guard.

I hope your family finds comfort in the coming years, for his friends and family let me assure you there are many grateful citizens in this county for the sacrifices you go through.

none - grateful citizen
March 10, 2014

Mitchell. I didn't know you in life, but to say that on accounts I hear you were an honorable wonderful man, husband, father, and human being. It's been 7 years since I reported what I saw the day you were buried. Rest well and know that someday, your brothers are going to pick them up and this will finally be over. Peace.

January 8, 2014

It's that time again... in two days it will mark 7 years since some POS took Jeff away from us. Here is what I say to that beautiful smiling man watching us from heaven above:

Although life for us as the living goes on ~ not a day goes by that you aren't loved, missed and thought about... I was blessed to have been your wife and best friend for 15 years. We have missed out on so much in life and it makes me sad to think about the "what ifs". Instead, I choose to do what I know you would want... to live life to the fullest for both of us. I know that you are with Jake and I every step we take on our new journey in life and that you help guide us toward those things that bring us happiness and laughter. I know that is what you would want for us... I wish you were here for us to laugh and be happy with... but I take comfort in having you with me every moment in my heart and soul. I will love you and miss you always!

Crystal Mitchell
Surviving Wife
October 25, 2013

Rest In Peace.....

John Ruth, AEMD Comm Specialist.
MOMR, Farmers Branch,TX
September 14, 2013

Deputy Mitchell
Its been six years since I first learned about you, not a day goes by that your image in the hall way of Palomar College doesn't cross my mind. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. You've touched so many even after your passing. You are true hero Sir. Rest easy now.

Billy Cancino
Farmington Police Dept
July 17, 2013

To Mrs. Crystal Mitchell I hope that this Mother's day bring's you and your family the peace you have long awaited. God answers our prayers when we least expect him too, I pray for your's to be answered and give you peace and closure... your in my thoughts F.F.A

no relation
May 12, 2013

Jeff, Crystal will ride in your honor in the Police Unity Tour in the beginning of May. Your never forgotten and thought about always.

I love you.

sister in law
April 25, 2013

Uncle Jeff,
I miss you terribly. You were such a good person inside and out. I still dont understand why such an awful thing had to happen to such a good person. I miss you and love you very much

Lindsey Patton
November 15, 2012

I can't believe how long its been. I still think of you every time I hear an officer is down, and I still pray its not my dad taking the bullet. I still remember the fear I felt when I heard there was an officer shot on my dads beat. You will always be in my heart

Melissa C
Daughter of a friend
August 1, 2012

You had to be very brave to do the job you were doing, you had to be very brave at 3:30 in the dark morning to stop the van without a plate on the deserted rural road outside Elk Grove. I wish that back up had gotten there sooner, you needed help but no one came in time. I hope that one day this is solved and those responsible are brought to justice. They cannot get away with this. They must not get away with this.

Andrew McCarville former Game warden
March 6, 2012

I heard your name on the news this evening. Your murder remains unsolved. Brought the pain to me as it always does. Even though I didnt know you my heart breaks for your family. I thank you for having taken a job that few would. I pray for you, your family, and all other brave people who risk their lives to help others.....God is aware of all that we do. He knows exactly what happened. It is only unsolved to our eyes. A special prayer to your son...

Community member
caring citizen
February 16, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Mitchell. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
January 21, 2012

Deputy Mitchell,

I never had the privledge of meeting you, but I'll never forget waking that morning and learning of this tragedy. My children attend Consumnes River Elementry and I will always remember the fear that I felt that something like this could happen in my community.

Even though it's been over 5 years now, you and your sacrifice haven't been forgotten.

My deepest sympathies to your family.

Rancho Murieta resident C/O
Ca. Department of Corrections and Rehabilation
January 3, 2012

My dearest Jeff:

I just can't believe it's been 5 years today. I have a hard time visiting this page and rarely do it. But, I found the strength today to read some of the posts on here. I'm truly touched, as I know you would be at the influence your precious life has had on so many people.

You were a beautiful man inside and out. You were a wonderful officer, husband and father. A true role model for both Jake and I. I'm doing my best to influence him in the way you would want me to. It's hard because as much as he looks like you - he's got the stubborn streak of his mom in him. But, in his heart - he's got the pride and desire to make you proud. He so misses you. I know that every day he finds it hard to know that he has missed out on so much with you. He knows what a great man and father you were and that is such a void for him. It will never be wholly filled. But, honey - I promise you that as much as I will love you forever - that I will also complete the other promise we made to each other. I'll make sure Jake is raised to make you proud and that he will always know his father.

I love you and I miss you with all my heart. I thank you for being with me. I prayed for a long time to have dreams of you. To be able to feel you. To have a sense of peace that you were okay and I was okay. I prayed to feel you in my heart - my soul. I feel you now and I know I'm guided by your strength and love. You are in a wonderful place and I know that you are safe. I know that you are at rest. I love you and I always will.... no matter how many years pass.......

Your wife for eternity


Crystal Mitchell
October 28, 2011

5 years.....5 years since the worst day in my life.
So I'll write it again
I'll love you forever
I'll llike you for always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be
Your Mom

mary k. mitchell
October 28, 2011

I can't believe its been 5 years. I just wanted to tell you I miss you and love you.

October 26, 2011

Thinking again about your family and the ultimate sacrifice you gave while trying to keep us safe.

Deputy Sheriff/Retired
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department
May 20, 2011

We wanted to let you know we still about your family and wish you all the happiness in life. Happy Thanksgiving

Heather & Matt Mckim

Heather & Matt Mckim
November 25, 2010

Hard to believe it's already been 4 years. You will never be forgotten. Justice will be served. RIP, Jeff.

Sacramento Co. Sheriff's Dept.
October 27, 2010

Thinking of you and your family.

October 27, 2010

Jeff, its 4 years today and not a day goes by your not thought of. I love you!

you sis in law

October 27, 2010

My Sweetheart,My Baby,Tomorrow it will be 4 years.Tomorrow the Giants play the first game of the World Series. You should be here. You would be so happy. I'm happy, but miss sharing it with you. Jake loves it like you did. I've seen to that. Sort of created a monster, a baseball freak. Like me and you.I miss you. My God how I miss you. I love you with all my heart.
Your Mom

October 27, 2010

Jeff, I meant to write earlier but time gets away from you. I just wanted to wish you a happy birthday. I know your birthday was May 28, so I apologize for not getting on here sooner. I also wanted to say your always in my thoughts.

love ya

June 3, 2010

Jeff, I am so sorry I let time get away and fell out of contact. I have learned a valuable lesson. You were always so upbeat, cared about others and were always there to lend an ear and just be a great friend. Getting to know each other in Spokane, the trip we took to CA and getting to meet your family was a highlight of my life. Your entire family was so giving and just great people to be around, they raised you well and it shows by how many people you touched and how many admire you.

I was very grateful to be able to be at your wedding and meet Crystal. You two were perfect for each other from the time I got to spend with you. Jake will grow up to be a great person just like his Dad!

Thank you for being a huge influence on my life and again, I am so sorry for letting time slip like that.

If anyone else reads this, please don't let the people you care about get away from you. Stay in contact, make contact now, just keep in touch and let them know you're thinking about them.

I will always keep you and your family in my thoughts. Thank you for your service to our country and the service to your community.

Your friend,


Doug Colcord
Friend/Fellow Air Force Security Police Member
March 17, 2010

Officer Mitchell,

I had the amazing privilege of attending the graduation of Palomar Police Academy Class 18. Words cannot express the feelings and emotions I felt that night. I attended that night to see a friend join the ranks of the proudest profession, then another privelege was bestowed on me... I first heard your name and learned your story. I saw your beautiful, strong and proud wife accept the donation and plaque Class 18 worked so hard to earn for your son. Even though I will never meet you I am so proud to even know of you! Hearing your story makes me so proud to know there are men and women in this world willing to put their lives on the line to enforce the laws of the land and protect and serve. Thank you for your years of service, thank you for your sacrifice, thank you for being an inspiration to others.

Pride is Forever!

Friend of Class 14
January 18, 2010


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