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First Sergeant Frankie Lee Lingard | South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

First Sergeant

Frankie Lee Lingard

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 31, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Sergeant Frankie Lingard was shot and killed by a man who he had pulled over for speeding after the vehicle passed his cruiser at approximately 80 mph on I-95, near Santee, South Carolina.

As Sergeant Lingard was approaching the vehicle on the driver's side the subject shot him and then sped away. Another officer pulled the vehicle over a short time later and a woman and two children jumped out. After a chase that went through three counties the driver crashed his vehicle and was apprehended. Both adults were charged with murder. The male subject was sentenced to death.

Sergeant Lingard was not wearing his vest at the time. All four shots struck him in the chest and back.

Sergeant Lingard had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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I was just reflecting on this night with my wife. I was just leaving the Jacksonville area headed back to Orangeburg/Bowman area for duty. My birthday was on the next day and I wanted to get back. I was unusually dressed in uniform with sidearm figuring that I would not make it back in time. Little did i know that as I arrived, I would hear that call go out over the radio. I was just below Santee in my POV driving as fast as I could to get within distance. But my efforts were useless as you were already gone. Man it hurt so bad. You were always a guy who brought light to the room. Always there to help on traffic stops. I had only been out of the academy a year at that point and you always lent a hand. I would tease you about not wearing a vest often and you always said that God would take you when He was ready...vest or no vest. Rest on my brother and we will meet again in the by and by!!!

Former Cpl. Bowman P.D.
Former North Charleston P. D.

Darren M. Neal Sr.
April 16, 2016


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