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Lieutenant Tonya Doreen Gillikin | Enfield Police Department, North Carolina Enfield Police Department, North Carolina


Tonya Doreen Gillikin

Enfield Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Monday, March 15, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 502

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Lieutenant Gillikin was shot and killed after she and another officer stopped a vehicle that was suspected of being used in a robbery of a convenience store in Scotland Neck earlier in the night. As the two officers attempted to handcuff the driver, he began to struggle and shot Lieutenant Gillikin in the head. The suspect then ran back to his car and sped away as the other officer was shooting at him. The suspect was identified by his driver's license which was left at the scene, and he was later arrested with an accomplice.

The gunman was convicted of first degree murder on August 11, 2001, and sentenced to life. He will be eligible for parole in 16 years. His accomplice was sentenced to 6 to 8 years in prison.

Lieutenant Gillikin had been with the Enfield Police Department for three years and was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant. She was the first female law enforcement officer to be murdered in North Carolina.

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Hey lady! Just wanted to stop by and show you some love! Miss you dearly but your memory is living on! You'd be so proud of the changes being made. Your smile is still so fresh on mind! Til we meet again!

Love always

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March 29, 2017


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