Wildlife Officer Dewey Henson McCall

Wildlife Officer Dewey Henson McCall

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, September 5, 1971

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Dewey Henson McCall

Wildlife Officer Dewey McCall was shot and killed in Burke County while issuing a man a citation for keeping two undersized trout.

Officer McCall was able to return fire and seriously wounded the subject.

The 60-year-old man was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 18 years in prison on February 19th, 1972. He was paroled December 12th, 1978.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1978

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Sept 5th, 1971, a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Dewie, you checked me in at 10am that morning, as the Game Land's residing warden, as you did many times when I fly fished Upper Creek or Steeles Creek during those years. I was fishing above the Upper Creek Bridge when Dallas Keys shot you in a cowardly act. The shot(s) went unnoticed as running water around my legs masked them. Little did I know that when I left and crossed that bridge at 3 pm, your body laid at the edge of the creek just below there.

Your wife Amelia checked me out and handed back my license at around 3:15 pm and we had no idea that by that time, you had been dead for 2 hours.

Such a haunting day that comes to mind all too often. I was one of 4 people who last saw you alive, your wife, your son, me, and the man who killed you. And SHAME on Burke County for handing down a measly 10-year 2nd degree murder charge to a man who shot a law enforcement officer in the back over 2 under-sized rainbow trout!! All officers deserve more respect than this!

I sprayed big poison ivy patches and vines around your memorial stone a few short years ago and then raised the stone above the ground level, covered with silt after years of flooding and erosion. When in that area, I always stand at your stone for a moment to reflect on your service and how you treated that area (Daniel Boone Refuge) as if it were your own.

Bless you, your sons, and your service to Wildlife, Bo Cash, Nebo, NC

Bo Cash
NCWRC Volunteer and former Burke County Science Teacher

May 16, 2020

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