Detective Lieutenant Larry Vernon Barger

Detective Lieutenant Larry Vernon Barger

Mooresville Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, July 13, 1974

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Larry Vernon Barger

Lieutenant Larry Barger was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance. He was shot through the back with a 30-30 rifle while attempting to settle a domestic disturbance. He died from his injuries three months later after four major surgeries.

His killer plead guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to thirty years November 20, 1974. He was paroled June 17, 1986.

Lieutenant Barger was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, April 7, 1974
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Paroled in 1986

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I have recently join the ODMP community and have began looking really hard at the hero listed on this site and their stories of self sacrifice. Born and raised in Mooresville, I felt viewing the local heroes of my home town was important and I came across Lieutenant Barger's story.

Though this may have occurred in 1974 it still is and will always be a tragedy. We all must grieve over the lost in the line of duty. I thank you for the dedicated service you committed to the Mooresville Police Department Lieutenant Barger. May you Rest In Piece.

Sheriff Deputy Brian Cashion
Iredell County Sheriffs Office (NC)

March 10, 2015

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