N.C. deputy dies in on-duty crash while responding to domestic call

José Angel DeLeon, who had been a Warren County deputy for almost two years, died at the scene

Duty Death: José Angel DeLeon - [Warren County, North Carolina]

End of Service: 12/04/2022


By Simone Jasper
The Charlotte Observer

WARREN COUNTY, N.C. — A deputy died in a fiery crash the day after his department lost a beloved detention officer, North Carolina officials said.

José Angel DeLeon was responding to a call when his patrol car crashed and went up in flames. Deleon, who had been a Warren County deputy for almost two years, died at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Our hearts are with the loved ones of Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy José DeLeon who was killed in a car crash while in the line of duty over the weekend,” Gov. Roy Cooper wrote on Twitter. “We’re grateful for his life and for officers who risk their lives everyday to keep us safe.”

Officials were called to the crash at about 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. It happened on U.S. Highway 401, near the town of Warrenton and roughly 55 miles northeast of Raleigh.

The crash was reported the day after the death of another Warren County Sheriff’s Office employee.

Roy Carter Jr. had worked as a detention officer with the department since 2011. On Nov. 28, officials said he experienced a medical emergency at a Food Lion supermarket in Norlina, near Warrenton.

Carter was rushed to a hospital, but he was taken off life support on Dec. 3. He died just after 7 p.m., Warren County deputies wrote in a news release.

After Carter’s death, dozens of people took to social media to share their condolences with the department.

“He will be surely missed, and we ask that you keep his family, friends and coworkers in your thoughts and prayers,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a Facebook post.

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