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Patrolman James H. Marshburn | North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina


James H. Marshburn

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch: Saturday, September 19, 1964

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: 1 month, 3 weeks

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman James Marshburn was shot and killed by an escaped convict on I-95 five miles north of Lumberton.

He and another patrolman came upon two escapees walking down the southbound lane a short distance from a stolen car they had just abandoned. As the officers exited their patrol car, both escapees opened fire with .45 caliber pistols. In an exchange of shots, Patrolman Marshburn was shot three times in the stomach and one escapee was killed. The other convict dropped his gun and ran into the nearby woods. Patrolman Marshburn died at the hospital 90 minutes later.

The suspects had escaped from a prison work detail in Raleigh. They used stolen guns taken earlier when they broke into a National Guard building.

The other escapee was captured four hours after the shooting when bloodhounds flushed him out of the woods. He had been sentenced to prison in 1953 for armed robbery, motor vehicle theft, and felony breaking and entering. He received an additional 35 years for Trooper Marshburn's murder. He was released from prison on May 2, 1991.

Patrolman Marshburn had only served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for less than two months. He is survived by his mother and three sisters.

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I grew up in Carolina Beach in the 50’s and 60’s and remember Jimmy Marshburn well. Although Jimmy was a few years older than I was he was like a big brother and would often come by the house and take me out riding in his car which was a big treat for a pre-teen back then.

In Dec. 1960 his father went missing after failing to come home late one night from work and it was believed that he had driven off the road into the Intracoastal Waterway at Snow’s Cut Bridge. I was there several days later when the divers brought up his father’s car from the murky waters. Being the oldest child and not one to shirk responsibility, Jimmy got a job driving a school bus to earn extra money for the family. That was the way Jimmy was - always looking out and taking care of others. And I’ll never forget how proud he was to get the job as dispatcher for the local Highway Patrol station. The last time we spoke he was counting the days until he was old enough to go to the highway patrol training center.

The one thing I remember most about Jimmy was his constant smile or grin. A really great guy.

Jerry Hardee

Jerry Hardee
childhood friend
February 21, 2011


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