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|Family|| Unnamed ex-wife (status unknown)|
Chris Salters (son)
|Portrayed By||Robert Newman|
|Appeared In||"Middle Man"|
"Don't tell me how to raise my son."
Sheriff Jeff Salters is an incidental character who appeared in Middle Man.
In his professional life, Salters was a successful Indiana Sheriff. However, in his personal life, he abused his wife and his son Chris, up to a point where the former eventually abandoned him and Chris at some unknown point. This caused Salters to focus all of the abuse on Chris, which came to shape his volatility. Despite the abuse, Salters cared deeply for his son. When Chris formed a record of assault and drug violation, Salters managed to get it erased so it wouldn't have any significant effect on Chris's future. At some point prior to Middle Man, Chris befriended Michael Kosina, who was, unbeknownst to him, a serial rapist and killer, and the two of them participated in a bar-fight that Michael started. The two of them then began abducting exotic dancers and then raping them, without Salters's knowledge.
Eventually, Salters manages to trace a connection between the victims when the third exotic dancer is found murdered at Michael's hands and summoned the BAU. He gets off to a bad start with the BAU: before meeting him, Hotch finds him disciplining an inferior for giving the media the location of the crime scenes and then putting him on desk duty, and he is domineering and somewhat uncooperative towards the team. After the body of Scott Kagan is found, Hotch, Rossi, and Prentiss find out from Garcia about Chris's completely empty criminal record and Hotch confronts Salters about it, the two of them having an argument over the latter's parenting methods as a result. Hotch eventually wins when he tells Salters that in no time Chris and the pack's latest captive, Stephanie Wilson, will be found murdered.
The BAU and local police shortly pinpoint Michael's address and arrive to find Chris and Michael, Chris pointing a gun at them and Michael holding Stephanie at gunpoint. Salters unsuccessfully tries to convince Chris into standing down before Prentiss tells Chris about Michael's previous murders, which Garcia manages to discover, forcing Michael to attempt to kill Chris. However, he is gunned down, allowing Stephanie to escape. Not wanting to go back to jail, Chris attempts to commit suicide, but Salters shoots him non-fatally in the arm to prevent him from doing so, telling him, "I had to, son." Salters is last seen musing about his son's status as a killer and being comforted by Hotch, who tells him that the both of them can make amends. It is presumed that Salters and Chris managed to put aside their differences afterwards.