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Patrolman J. T. Brown | North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

Patrolman

J. T. Brown

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 5, 1957

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Patrolman Brown was shot and killed after stopping a suspicious vehicle in Lee County. The driver of the vehicle had just shot and killed Patrolman W. L. Reese after being stopped in Richmond County for speeding. The vehicle, later found to be stolen, was being driven by a New York state mental hospital escapee. The escapee was en route to Mississippi to attempt to break his brother out of death row.

Three weeks later the suspect was captured in Bakersfield, California. Since his escape a month earlier, it was discovered that he had been involved in numerous burglaries in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

He was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to two life sentences on March 19, 1958. The suspect, who was North Carolina's oldest and longest serving inmate, died in prison July 21, 2012. He was 90 years old.

In 2005 the North Carolina Department of Transportation named a bridge on US Highway 1 in Lee County in memory of Patrolman Brown.

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I cross the bridge named in your honor every day I travel to work. I tell you every day that I will do my best to make sure everyone goes home at the end of the shift. I'm not sure why I felt lead to leave this note tonight....but I did. I respect your sacrifice and pray your family has peace.

TSS Connie Gartin
NC State Highway Patrol - Raleigh
September 17, 2016

 

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