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At  3:27 a.m. on Friday, 10/27/06, a Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy assigned to the South Bureau conducted a vehicle stop at Meiss and Dillard Roads on a white Chevrolet van with one occupant.

Approximately seven minutes later, the Sheriff’s Communications Center conducted a welfare check on the officer, without a response units responded to his location.


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The initial responding unit arrived at the location approximately 20 minutes later and found the Deputy with a gunshot wound to his head. At that point, officers requested emergency medical aid for the Deputy and initiated a large perimeter to begin conducting a search of the area.  The Deputy was transported to the UC Davis Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased at 4:45 a.m. as a result of his injuries.

Currently, an ongoing extensive search of the surrounding area and the southern part of Sacramento County is being conducted by multiple agencies including the California Highway Patrol, Sacramento Police, Elk Grove Police, Folsom Police, Rancho Cordova Police, Amador County Sheriff’s Office and numerous other law enforcement agencies.
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Anyone with information regarding the van, which may have suffered damage while fleeing the scene or the homicide of this Sheriff’s Deputy,ย  please contact the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department at (800)471-1700 or (916)874-6500.

Deputy Jeffrey Mitchell, 38, is a 9-year veteran of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department and has been assigned to Patrol Services since 2002. He is survived by his wife and young children. 

A trust fund has been setup to help with the family of Officer Mitchell.

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