Sacramento County, California
October 27, 2006
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During the early morning hours of Friday, October 27, 2006, Deputy Jeffrey Mitchell was patrolling rural Sacramento County near Meiss and Dillard Roads. At approximately 3:30 a.m., Deputy Mitchell contacted Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department dispatch from his in-vehicle computer saying he was going to stop a white Chevrolet van. A few minutes later, dispatch tried to contact Deputy Mitchell to conduct a welfare check but no response was received from Deputy Mitchell. Other patrol vehicles were immediately dispatched to the location of the vehicle stop made by Deputy Mitchell. When patrol units arrived, they found Deputy Mitchell mortally wounded. Deputy Mitchell had been shot in the head with his own weapon after a violent struggle. Hundreds of law enforcement officers immediately began the search for the person or people responsible for Deputy Mitchell's murder. The case continues to be investigated by the FBI and Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.
Deputy Mitchell was a nine-year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. He began his career with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department in 1997. Deputy Mitchell graduated from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Academy in 2000 and was assigned to the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center before he began patrol in 2002. He was 38 years old at the time of his murder, and is survived by his wife and son.