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Chief of Police Charles Brantley Taylor | Sparta Police Department, North Carolina Sparta Police Department, North Carolina

Chief of Police

Charles Brantley Taylor

Sparta Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Monday, March 1, 1948

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Location: Virginia

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Not available

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Chief of Police Charles Taylor and Patrolman Weaver Hogan, of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, were killed when their patrol car was forced off the road into a bridge abutment on US Route 21 south of Wytheville, Virginia. The two officers, along with a third officer, had chased the bootlegging suspects into Virginia from North Carolina.

The third officer was injured in the accident.

Chief Taylor had served with the agency for 18 months. He was survived by his wife, father, and eight siblings.

The bridge on Highway 21 entering Sparta, North Carolina, is named in honor of Patrolman Hogan and Chief Taylor.

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Patrolman Weaver H. Hogan
North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 2, 1948
Cause: Vehicle pursuit

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Chief Taylor,
On today, the 69th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Sparta. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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March 1, 2017


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