Deputy Sheriff Chad Lee Mechels

Deputy Sheriff Chad Lee Mechels

Turner County Sheriff's Department, South Dakota

End of Watch Sunday, March 15, 2009

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Chad Lee Mechels

Deputy Chad Mechels was shot and killed while performing a well-being visit.

Deputy Mechels responded to a farmhouse west of Marion, South Dakota, to check on the well-being of an individual. After arriving, he was shot. He was taken to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls where he died from his injuries.

The suspect, a 19-year-old male, called 911 to report he had shot Deputy Mechels and then fled the scene. He was taken into custody later in the day when he turned himself in at the Minnehaha County Law Enforcement Center.

On November 18, 2010, the suspect pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to life.

Deputy Mechels had served with the Turner County Sheriff's Department for five months. He had previously served with the Lake County Sheriff's Department and Kingsbury County Sheriff's Department, for a total of five years of law enforcement experience.

Deputy Mechels is survived by his wife, 7-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, parents, and two sisters.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 61-A7

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I’ve heard so much about him, and how awesome he was. I just wish I could remember it myself. The only thing I remember is from ‘08 Xmas, and it was me and Thomas playing hide and seek while trying to hide in the shower, and how he found it funny when someone turned the shower on. I hear these stories and wish I could tell him how cool he is, and now with the loss of my mom, I wish I could tell both of them that I love them. He was a great uncle.

Alexander Calhoon
His nephew

April 9, 2019

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