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Patrolman Roger Dale Carter | Kannapolis Police Department, North Carolina Kannapolis Police Department, North Carolina

Patrolman

Roger Dale Carter

Kannapolis Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, December 31, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Deceased

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Officer Carter was shot and killed after being dispatched to a residence after a man called dispatch claiming to turn himself in on outstanding warrants. When Officer Carter arrived at the scene the suspect ambushed him in the driveway with a rifle, shooting him eight times.

The suspect then walked down the street and committed suicide.

Officer Carter had served in law enforcement for 4 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, parents, sister, and two brothers.

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I was working for Kannapolis Police Department at the time of Officer Carter's death. I had gotten off 3rd shift the morning prior Roger's death. That after noon, I was in Concord when Roger called my home and asked to speak with me. My wife advised I was not there and he asked her to have me call Amoco Service Station on Lane Street. Upon getting the message and calling, Roger was given the phone and we began laughing about something that had happen earlier. I advised him, I was in Concord but would meet him at the store in an hour. Upon my arrival at the store, the clerk advised Roger had left on a call and would be back. While there laughing with the clerk, I had no idea approximately 5 blocks away, my friend was being killed. I was contacted and asked to report to the police department immediately. Upon arrival, I saw many officers crying along with some dispatchers. Once I was told of Rogers death, I could not believe it knowing we had just spoken on the phone almost 2 hours ago. The call he left the store on was the one he was killed on. The anger/hurt rose so quickly but there was nothing I could do. He was a wonderful friend/officer. He would leave scriptures inside the patrol vehicle after his shift to encourage the next officer coming on duty. He will never be forgotten but truly missed.

Lt. William Moody
Livingstone Campus Police
August 19, 2015

 

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