Sergeant Jeffrey Todd Hewitt

Sergeant Jeffrey Todd Hewitt

Buncombe County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, April 4, 2004

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Jeffrey Todd Hewitt

Sergeant Jeff Hewitt was shot and killed while serving papers at a residence on Fairhaven Court at about 10:30 pm.

He and three other deputies were serving mental commitment papers to a subject who had been involved in a domestic disturbance earlier in the night. When the officers arrived at the scene, they encountered a locked gate. Sergeant Hewitt climbed over the gate and he observed the suspect hiding in the bushes with a shotgun. The suspect opened fire as Sergeant Hewitt warned the other officers and ordered the suspect to drop the weapon.

The other officers at the scene returned fire, wounding the suspect, who fled a short distance before committing suicide. It is believed that the suspect was waiting for all of the officers to climb over the gate. Then, he was going to attempt to shoot them all. Sergeant Hewitt's actions in warning the other officers is credited with saving their lives.

Sergeant Hewitt was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Gulf War. He had served with the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office for 11 years and was assigned to Edward Squad and SRT. He is survived by his wife, parents, and sisters.

On October 29, 2010 the new bridge on NC 146 over the French Broad River at I-26 was named the Sergeant Hewitt Memorial Bridge in honor of Sergeant Hewitt.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge E2
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

ambush, domestic, EDP, warrant service

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As deer season gets started, I found myself thinking back when I first met you at the Sportsmans Pro Shop in Candler. Your generosity and sense of humor struck me then and every time we crossed paths at the Sheriff's Office or at the shop. I will never get over the sick, helpless feeling when I came in early on the morning of the 5th and found out about the tragedy. I only wish I had taken you up on the hunting trip ideas that bounced around when we would cross paths.
Until we meet again.

Former Deputy
Buncombe and Madison County

October 12, 2023

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