Deputy Sheriff Jeff Watson St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana End of Watch: Sunday, August 4, 2013

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Deputy Sheriff Jeff Watson

St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana
End of Watch: Sunday, August 4, 2013

Biographical Info

Age: 41
Tour of Duty: 12 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: August 4, 2013
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Sheriff Greg Champagne
St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office
260 Judge Edward Dufresne Pkwy
Luling, LA 70070
Phone: (985) 783-1280

Deputy Sheriff Jeff Watson was killed in an automobile crash while responding to an assistance call from another officer at approximately 8:45 pm.
He was traveling on Paul Maillard Road with his emergency lights activated when an oncoming vehicle attempted to make a left turn in front of him onto Post Drive. Deputy Watson, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time, attempted to avoid a collision but swideswiped the vehicle and then struck another vehicle head-on.
The occupants of the other vehicles all suffered injuries.
Deputy Watson had served with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office for 12 years.


A St. Charles Parish sheriff’s deputy was killed late Sunday after his marked cruiser was struck while responding to a call for help in Luling, Louisiana State Police said in a news release Monday.

Three other men were injured, one critically, in the crash, which occurred at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday, near Louisiana 52 and Post Drive, authorities said.

Forty-one-year-old Jeff Watson, a 12-year law enforcement veteran, was on-duty and traveling northbound, with his emergency lights activated, when his 2010 Dodge Charger was struck by a 2004 Toyota Tundra, which was traveling southbound. The driver, Dallas Veillon, 56, of Luling, turned left onto Post Drive, entering Watson’s path, authorities said.

Watson’s vehicle struck the Tundra on the right side, which pushed his vehicle into on-coming traffic, striking a 2004 Ford Expedition head-on, driven by 80-year-old Arthur Tregre of Hahnville, authorities said. A third driver, Aaron Hagmann, 29, of Luling, was also involved in the crash; his motorcycle was traveling behind the Expedition and struck the vehicle in the rear after it collided with Waton’s Charger.

Veillon and Hagmann were transported to the hospital and treated for minor injuries, authorities said.

Watson, of Destrehan, was transported to the St. Charles Parish Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Tregre was transported to the trauma center at the Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans, with critical injuries, authorities said.

Speed is believed to be a factor, authorities said; neither Watson nor Tregre were wearing their seatbelts. The crash remains under investigation, authorities said.

Impaired driving is not believed to be a factor, authorities said, though toxicology tests on Veillon and Tregre are pending, and toxicology results on Watson will come from an autopsy.

“It is a sad day for the St. Charles Parish sheriff’s office,” Sheriff Greg Champagne said in a statement Monday, calling Watson “a dedicated public servant who will be deeply missed by all St. Charles Parish residents.”

Watson was the first St. Charles sheriff’s deputy to die in the line of duty since 1982, Champagne said. He joined the St. Charles sheriff’s office in 2005. after previously working for the Jefferson Parish sheriff’s office.


1 Response to “Deputy Sheriff Jeff Watson St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana End of Watch: Sunday, August 4, 2013”

  1. 1 Peggy August 6, 2013 at 07:06

    My condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Watson. God Bless you.

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