Captain Jerry Kenneth Best

Captain Jerry Kenneth Best

Wayne County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, November 13, 2002

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Jerry Kenneth Best

Captain Jerry Best was struck and killed by a vehicle while removing a deer carcass from NC 581 a half mile north of Cherry Hospital.

The deer had been struck by a vehicle and was dying when Captain Best passed by. He put the deer out of its misery and was attempting to move it from the roadway when he was struck and killed by a passing car.

Captain Best had been employed with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office for 25 years. He is survived by his wife.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge 3

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

traffic hazard

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My father was found dead by his brother (my uncle). I drove 20 miles to my fathers home. A detective and Officer Jerry Best were there. Officer Best met me at the door..and with compassion said, "Jerry your father is dead, have you been notified." ... He allowed me to come in and see my father and if I remember correctly he told me he was sorry. I have always remembered Officer best. He died 20 years after my father had passed, but I never forgot him. It has now been 41 years since my father passed and I recently told some instructors about Officer Best when I was in a course regarding officer safety. I hope the family knows how much of an impact he still makes. Best wishes to all of you....

Jerry P.
Met him once and impacted my life forever.....

June 30, 2023

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