In the early morning hours of Friday,
October 27, 2006, Deputy Jeffrey Mitchell was patrolling a rural area of Sacramento County near Meiss and Dillard Roads. At about 3:30 a.m.,
Deputy Mitchell contacted Sheriff’s dispatch from his vehicle computer saying he was going to stop a white Chevrolet van that he was following.
The van did not have a rear license plate. A few minutes later Dispatch tried to reach Deputy Mitchell to check on his welfare. No response was
received from Deputy Mitchell. Immediately other patrol vehicles were dispatched to the location of the vehicle stopped made by Deputy Mitchell.
When patrol units arrived they found Deputy Mitchell mortally wounded and lying near the rear of his patrol car. Deputy Mitchell had been shot in
the head with his own weapon. Evidence at the scene indicated that Deputy Mitchell was involved in a violent struggle for his life.
Hundreds of law enforcement officers began the search for the killer or killers of Deputy Mitchell.
To this day, we still do not know what happened on that fateful night. The killer of Deputy Mitchell remains at large.
Sheriff’s Department detectives are still diligently working this heinous crime that continues to haunt this community.
Local media continue to remind the public that this murder took the life of this dedicated officer, husband, father and son.
We will not give up on this investigation until we have the person responsible for the fatal wound that took the life of Deputy Jeffrey Mitchell
arrested and sentenced for his murder.
Anyone with information regarding the white van or homicide of Deputy Jeff Mitchell, please contact the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.
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