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Sergeant Lewis Edward Robinson, Sr. | Mecklenburg County Police Department, North Carolina Mecklenburg County Police Department, North Carolina


Lewis Edward Robinson, Sr.

Mecklenburg County Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Monday, May 4, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 22 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Apprehended

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Sergeant Robinson was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant with eight other officers. Earlier in the day, a woman in a rural area called the electric company to report that her electricity was out. When a company employee arrived on the scene, he determined that woman's water was out, not the electricity. The water had been turned off by a neighbor. As the employee prepared to leave, the neighbor exited his house. The neighbor fired several shots into the utility truck and at the employee.

The employee signed a warrant for discharging of a weapon into occupied property. When the officers arrived on the scene, they surrounded the house and fired tear gas into it. When there was no response from inside, they determined the suspect was not in the house. The officers began to search the area. The suspect was hiding under a tree 50-feet away. The suspect opened fire with a military carbine rifle, striking Sergeant Robinson. The other officers returned fire and wounded the suspect. The officers took him into custody.

Sergeant Robinson was survived by his wife and son.

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I remember it very well. I had not been long on the force when this terrible tragedy occurred. Richard Ferrell and I were given the responsibility to guard the crime scene that night after Sergeant Robinson was killed. A great loss to his family, his community, and the Mecklenburg County Police Officers who worked with him. A kind and gentle man. We lost two officers that year, as I recall, Ronnie McGraw was also killed while doing undercover work at a gambling house located near Central Piedmont College.

Officer Bill Monroe
Mecklenburg County Police Dept. from 1969-1972.
May 2, 2017


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