Deputy Sheriff Jack Dean Werner

Deputy Sheriff Jack Dean Werner

Olmsted County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota

End of Watch Tuesday, May 17, 1977

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Jack Dean Werner

Deputy Sheriff Jack Werner was shot and killed when he attempted to stop a suspect who was driving wildly in a deserted mall parking lot.

The subject opened fire on Deputy Werner with a shotgun, striking him in the chest. The man then fled in Deputy Werner's patrol car but was apprehended four hours later.

The man was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on September 21st, 1977.

Deputy Werner had served with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office for five years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 37

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 20 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Jack, I think of you often. I have vivid memories of you when my dad and I would stop by and visit with you. You were always so nice to me and made me feel welcome when around. I was only 7 when you were lost, but you left a lasting impression on me. Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Deputy Sheriff Jack Warner, you are missed.

Dan Nepstad
Son of retired Deputy Sheriff Dennis Nepstad (friend of Jack)

November 5, 2019

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