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Sergeant Lloyd Edward Lowry | North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

Sergeant

Lloyd Edward Lowry

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 23, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 22 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; AK-47

Offender: Sentence commuted to life

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Sergeant Lloyd Lowry and Corporal David Hathcock, of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, were shot and killed during a traffic stop that Sergeant Lowry had initiated.

Sergeant Lowry had stopped a car on I-95, at Exit 52 in Fayetteville, and called for backup after discovering that it was stolen. Corporal Hathcock arrived and took the passenger out of the car as Sergeant Lowry took the driver out. As they attempted to handcuff the two suspects a fight broke out and the passenger was able to return to the vehicle and retrieve a fully automatic AK-47.

He opened fire on both officers striking them several times. The driver then took Sergeant Lowry's weapon and shot both officers several more times at close range before fleeing.

A passing motorist who witnessed the incident called police from a cell phone and followed the suspects, even after being fired upon, until other officers began a chase. Both suspects were arrested after a brief foot chase when their vehicle spun out of control as they attempted exit the highway. The two suspects were were brothers from Virginia who had just robbed a bank in South Carolina.

On April 29th, 1998, both brothers were convicted of two counts of capital murder, armed robbery, possession of a stolen car, shooting into an occupied vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. On May 13th, 1998, they were both sentenced to death. One of the subject's had his sentence reduced to life in prison in 2005 when the United States Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to execute convicted murderers who committed their crimes as juveniles. On December 13th, 2012, the other subject's death sentence was commuted to life.

Trooper Lowry had served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for 22 years. He is survived by his wife and children.

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Corporal David Walter Hathcock
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 23, 1997
Cause: Gunfire

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I was in the Army and stationed at Fort Bragg at the time of Sgt Lowery's death. I was driving on I-95 when the two convicts he was chasing passed me. I saw Sgt Lowery's patrol car coming up fast and I moved over. I knew something was seriously wrong. I got off exit 52 and noticed several LEO's vehicles responding to his call. Later that day I was informed via the news that both officers were killed in the line of duty. We are blessed to have officers willing to lay down their lives to protect us. My thoughts are with the families of these two brave men. You will not be forgotten.

Quincy A Tarrance Sergeant First Class
U.S. Army Special Forces
June 7, 2016

 

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