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Rural Police Officer John Franklin Fesperman | Mecklenburg County Police Department, North Carolina Mecklenburg County Police Department, North Carolina

Rural Police Officer

John Franklin Fesperman

Mecklenburg County Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Saturday, February 16, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: 1 day

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Rural Police Officer Fesperman was shot and killed while filling in for another officer who was sick.

Officer Fesperman and other officers were enroute to a liquor raid on a home at the Wakefield Farm off of Providence Road. When the officers arrived at the house they located almost 100 people. As they began to search the people in the crowd, officers found liquor on one of the men, who was then placed into Officer Fesperman's custody.

Moments later, the man shot Officer Fesperman in the head and fled the scene. Officer Fesperman was taken to Presbyterian Hospital where he died. The suspect was arrested a short time later by the Charlotte police chief. He was convicted of Officer Fesperman's murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Officer Fesperman had been appointed to the police force on the day he was killed.

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I never knew you Uncle John but you are not forgotten.

Brian Wilson, great nephew
Charlotte Fire Dept.
January 25, 2016

 

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