Deputy Sheriff Christopher Brian Matthews

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Brian Matthews

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, September 30, 2005

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Christopher Brian Matthews

Deputy Christopher Matthews was killed in an automobile accident while responding to assist another officer at the scene of a fight call on River Road.

During the response, Deputy Matthews' patrol car left the right side of the roadway. As he attempted to regain control of the patrol car, the vehicle overturned into a ditch.

Deputy Matthews had served as a patrol deputy with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office for 8 months, and had served as a corrections officer for the previous 2 years. He is survived by his fiancee, parents, and brother.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years, 8 months
  • Badge A-14

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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I've had one bad day in this career and that day was 16 years ago. Time doesn't heal all wounds it just teaches us how to understand the events in a different light.

Sixteen years ago our profession was noble. A path of service. A path of honor. In the past few years that pathway has had mud thrown upon it. Stones kicked at the defender, lies spread about the honored.

It has been tough for many to see the way through the troubles but once again in the near future the field of law enforcement, or as I prefer to call it, public service, shall be seen to be the greatest of endeavors.

We as a society cannot exist without men such as you and I thank you, once again, for your service.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

Lt. Matt Hurley
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office

October 1, 2021

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