Tenn. county sheriff’s office in mourning after deputy is killed in traffic crash

Rutherford County Detective Jacob Beu was a U.S. Marine and SWAT team member

Duty Death: Detective Jacob Beu - [Rutherford County, Tennessee]

End of Service: 05/07/2023

By Bill Carey 
Police1 Staff  

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. — The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of one of its deputies killed in a crash on Sunday. 

Detective Jacob Beu died from injuries sustained in a traffic crash. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, a vehicle was traveling south when Beu was traveling north on the road.  

Detective Jacob Beu
Detective Jacob Beu (Rutherford County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)

Beu's vehicle was reportedly attempting to negotiate a curve when it entered into the other vehicle's lane, WTVF reported. 

"Detective Beu was a valued detective in the Narcotics Division. We send our sympathy to his family and his Sheriff’s Office family," said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh. 

According to the sheriff's office, Beu was promoted to patrol corporal in March 2021 and was promoted to narcotics detective last year. He was a veteran sheriff’s office deputy and served as a member of the SWAT team, WBIR reported.  

He and the SWAT team received a commendation for their response to the devastating floods in Waverly and Humphreys County. 

The La Vergne Fire Department and other firefighters draped an American flag from a bridge over Interstate 24 to remember the detective while his body was transported to the medical examiner's office. 



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