Police Officer Scott Hewell
Stockton Police Department, California
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Tour of Duty: 1 year, 9 months
Badge Number: 2454
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: May 28, 2014
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Eric Jones
Stockton Police Department
22 E Market Street
Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: (209) 937-8377
Police Officer Scott Hewell succumbed to injuries sustained in a vehicle crash two weeks earlier as he and his partner responded to backup another officer performing a felony traffic stop of a shooting suspect.
The patrol car Officer Hewell was riding in left the roadway and struck a tree on El Dorado Street, near Jamestown Street. The vehicle struck the tree on the passenger side, causing him to suffer severe injuries. He had been released from the hospital nine days after the crash, but suffered a complication on June 11th. He was transported to the hospital where he passed away.
Officer Hewell had served with the Stockton Police Department for almost two years.
STOCKTON, Calif. (KCRA) —Police lined the streets of downtown Stockton to pay tribute to Officer Scott Hewell, who was hurt in a crash last month and released from the hospital — but died of his injuries Wednesday, officers said.
The flag at Stockton Police Department headquarters flew at half staff.
Police are trying to cope with the loss of the first officer to die from injuries suffered in the line of duty in 21 years.
As a sign of solidarity and support, hundreds of Stockton officers and city staffers lined El Dorado Street on Wednesday afternoon to salute Hewell.
When he was sworn in less than two years ago, he spoke to KCRA 3 about his decision to join the force.
"I was born and raised in Sacramento, went to school in San Francisco and (I) wanted to stay close to home and be somewhere where I could make a difference," Hewell said.
After the motorcade passed Wednesday, members of the Police Department wiped away tears and consoled one another.
"Officer Hewell was a family man who cared deeply about his girlfriend," Police Chief Eric Jones said. "Scott is going to be missed by the entire department, and as you can imagine, we are in the process of grieving."
On May 28, the 33-year-old was riding with his partner on their way to a shooting when their patrol car veered into a tree in the median on El Dorado Street, near Jamestown Street.
Both officers went to a hospital for treatment.
Hewell was released last Friday after spending several days in the intensive care unit.
"I’ve been with the family and with the officer during his recovery, and I can say it’s just really tough," Jones said. "He was a great man."
The chief spoke of one of his final conversations with Hewell.
"He was a positive guy and was really wanting to come back to work," Jones said.
Jimmy Lee Turner, 32, was arrested in the alleged road rage case where Hewell was headed when the patrol car crashed.
The district attorney’s office said it’s unlikely Turner will face additional charges related to Hewell’s death because it would be difficult to prove the officer’s crash was caused by Turner’s actions.
The other officer hurt in the wreck has already returned to work. He wasn’t injured as seriously, Jones said.
The California Highway Patrol is conducting an independent investigation of the crash.
Hewell, a graduate of San Francisco State University, joined the Stockton Police Department in 2012.