Deputy Jeffrey Allen Matheny

Deputy Jeffrey Allen Matheny

Craven County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, October 21, 2000

Jeffrey Allen Matheny

Deputy Matheny was killed after his cruiser was struck by another vehicle. The suspect driver then fled the scene.

Deputy Matheny and another deputy were providing a ride home to a citizen as a courtesy and were driving on U.S. 70. The suspect vehicle struck their cruiser, causing the officer to lose control. The cruiser flipped over several times, and struck a group of trees.

Deputy Matheny was flown to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The other deputy and the citizen were injured in the accident. The suspect driver fled the scene, but turned himself in several days later.

Deputy Matheny had been employed with the Craven County Sheriff's Department for three years. He was a retired marine.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 135
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Apprehended

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Hey big brother, The holidays are here and I miss you so much. Your children are grown now and have babies of their own, you would be so proud. A single blue candle stands in the window during this holiday, for you. I know you are patrolling the streets of Heaven...

Debbie Matheny Cox

December 22, 2015

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