Former Buncombe Co. chief deputy facing felony charges following state investigation

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UPDATE – Following the investigation, former Buncombe County Chief Deputy Don Eberhardt, 50, turned himself in at the Buncombe County Detention Center on July 8, according to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

Back on April 21, the Buncombe County District Attorney requested the SBI to conduct an investigation into an alleged theft of a firearm from Carolina Guns and Gear that happened on April 9, 2020.

On July 6, a Buncombe County grand jury returned a true bill of indictment for felonious larceny and felonious possession of stolen goods, according to the SBI.

The Buncombe County District Attorney referred the prosecution of the case to the Norht Carolina Conference of District Attorneys.

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – A Buncombe County chief deputy who was under investigation by the state has resigned, according to the sheriff’s office.

7 News previously reported Chief Deputy Don Eberhardt was placed on paid administrative leave back in April while the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations conducted an investigation involving him. 

Details about the investigation are limited.

Sheriff Quentin Miller released the following statement on Eberhardt’s resignation:

On April 24th, I placed Chief Deputy Don Eberhardt on paid administrative leave while the North Carolina SBI conducted an investigation involving him. Chief Deputy Eberhardt and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office fully cooperated with the SBI’s investigation, which has now concluded with a charge being filed by the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys. I have accepted the resignation of Chief Deputy Eberhardt from the Sheriff’s Office effective today.
I am very limited in what I can say before this case is adjudicated in the courts, and will have no additional comments on the charge until this process is concluded.
However, I am clear on what I know about Don Eberhardt in more than 21 years of our friendship. Don Eberhardt is a good man and a good law enforcement officer. While I may be expected to distance myself from him right now, I will tell you that I will not walk away from him as a person and as a friend. I am thankful for his service to our community and his service in his role as Chief. I ask that you keep Don and his family in your prayers.

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