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Patrolman Joseph Griffin Wright | North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina


Joseph Griffin Wright

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch: Wednesday, September 27, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 13 years

Badge # D-431

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber

Offender: sentenced to life

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Patrolman Wright was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle occupied by three men on a rural road near Helena in Person County. As he was walking from his patrol car to the vehicle the driver shot him in the chest three times and then sped away. A nearby farmer who saw the incident called for help and helped Patrolman Wright get back to his car. He died just before help arrived.

Three days later three Durham men were apprehended and charged with Patrolman Wright's murder. On March 13, 1973, the driver was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Wright had served with the agency for 13 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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