Patrolman Larry Thomas Walton

Patrolman Larry Thomas Walton

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, December 2, 1972

Larry Thomas Walton

Patrolman Larry Walton was shot and killed after stopping a speeding vehicle in Robeson County.

A Rowland police officer found him lying in a ditch beside his patrol car on State Road 130, five miles west of Rowland and close to the South Carolina state line. He had been shot five times.

A man was arrested the next day and charged with Patrolman Walton's murder. He had been released from prison two months earlier after serving five years for manslaughter. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life on March 21st, 1973. He died in prison December 10th, 2015.

Patrolman Walton is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

traffic stop

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I am a recently retired sheriff's officer from New Jersey. I am riding in the Police Unity Tour in the upcoming ride in May 2016 from NJ to Washington, DC. I will be dedicating my ride to honor your memory.

Although it's been 43 years since you paid the ultimate sacrifice, society will never be able to repay you or your family.

Rest peacefully, my brother, and may God bless your family.

(Ret.) Sheriff's Officer Patty Gilbride
Morris County Sheriff's Office, NJ

December 4, 2015

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