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 Jeffrey Hewitt was shot and killed while serving papers at a residence on Fairhaven Court.

He and three other deputies were serving mental commit 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

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Dearest Jeff , Just wanted to touch bases with you and let you know how very much we love you and miss you every single day. You are our sunshine, our guiding light .You are the son we cherished with all our hearts for 34 years. On 040404 you went to be with the Lord . On that day our hearts broke and our lives changed forever. The tears still fall and our hearts still break. When people ask about our children our response is always the same; we have two children, a daughter and a son. We tell them you are with God but you will always be our son. A son whose smile lights up our lives, a laugh that brings joy to our hearts. You are our Guardian Angel and we tell our friends that if you thought being a deputy sheriff was tough, watching over us, keeping us safe and, in the mix playing a few pranks on us makes his former position pale in comparison. You are most definitely with us! Walk proud our son.

patricia hewitt

August 8, 2021

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