Deputy Sheriff Adam William Klutz

Deputy Sheriff Adam William Klutz

Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, September 19, 2008

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Adam William Klutz

Deputy Adam Klutz was shot and killed while responding to a 911 hangup call on Fox Winkler Road in Lenoir.

When Deputy Klutz arrived at the scene, a man at the home opened fire on him with an AR-15, striking him in the head as he exited his patrol car. A second deputy who arrived moments later was shot in the chest once before he was able to exit his patrol car. The round that struck him was stopped by his vest.

Deputy Klutz was transported to Caldwell Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Five days after the shooting, the suspect's body was found on his property suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Deputy Klutz had served with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office for 1.5 years. He had previously worked at the Caldwell Detention Center for approximately one year and had served three months with the Hickory Police Department. He is survived by his parents.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge 154

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AR-15
  • Offender Committed suicide

911 hangup, ambush

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I'm sorry for all the things in life you were cheated out of experiencing. The vast majority of your life was spent preparing you for a future you were denied. I commend you for what you did accomplish in 25 short years. 14 years ago tonight - in some ways it seems like a hundred years, and in other ways, it seems like just last week.

Tonight, I'll stand out on my back deck and think of you again. I'll feel how the night air felt that night. I'll think of how you kept the faith that night, responding to perhaps the most basic premise for our profession's existence: someone was afraid that night, someone was distraught and didn't know who or where to turn, but they knew that dialing 911 would bring someone to help...and it brought you. I'll think of your fellow officers who set aside their own safety in order to bring you out, and in so doing, raised the bar for the rest of us in defining what we expect from us. I'll think of the EMS workers who knew the cause was lost - but worked on you anyway. They reminded us that while police and EMS - and fire - may ride in different boats, we all three weather the same turbulent seas together.

And, I'll think how another year has passed and will wonder had that terrible night gone differently, how would your life be today? But then, as I always try to do, I will endeavor to get past "what might have been" and instead be grateful for what was, and the life you lived and contributions you made in those 25 years, and within that, remind myself how YOU raised the bar for the rest of us.

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September 19, 2022

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