Longtime China Grove Police officer resigns, faces criminal charges

Published 11:33 am Monday, November 29, 2021

CHINA GROVE — A longtime police officer for the town resigned in September and faces criminal charges for assaulting on-duty Rowan County sheriff’s deputies.

Jeffrey Scott Washam, 48, faces two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer and one count of resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer. His criminal charges are connected to an incident around 8:20 p.m. on Sept. 6. EMS workers reported a patient, Washam, was combative and appeared to be intoxicated at a residence off of N.C. 152. He was off-duty at the time of the incident.

A Rowan County Sheriff’s Office report states Washam was receiving medical care after experiencing chest pains while eating with his ex-wife. The domestic incident started escalating when he allegedly ripped nodes off of his chest for an electrocardiogram.

Maj. John Sifford said Washam yelled at EMS and firefighters on the scene, saying they could leave. He was confrontational with deputies on the scene and his ex-wife, Sifford said.

His ex-wife was placed in an ambulance to remove her from the situation.

Washam threatened to retrieve his China Grove Police Department-issued stun gun, Sifford said. When a family member came to get the woman to drive her elsewhere, Washam allegedly chased after the vehicle with the stun gun.

Sifford said deputies commanded Washam to drop the stun gun and he didn’t listen. The two assault charges were filed because Washam allegedly kicked a sheriff’s deputy and pointed his stun gun at deputies.

China Grove Police Chief Andrew Deal said Washam resigned on Sept. 8, two days after the incident. Before his resignation, Washam served 15 years as a China Grove Police officer.

Deal declined to comment further.