Chief of Police Dexter A. Millsaps

Chief of Police Dexter A. Millsaps

Taylorsville Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, July 9, 1944

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Dexter A. Millsaps

Chief Millsaps was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a 15 year-old youth at a hotel for stealing a handgun. Chief Millsaps was attempting to the arrest the suspect at the request of another agency. As Chief Millsaps reached down to pickup the boy's gun the suspect shot him. The suspect fled but was later apprehended.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was commuted to life in prison April 26, 1945.

Chief Millsaps was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 49
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Chief, during my 17 years as Chief of Police for the Town of Taylorsville (Yes the same town you gave your life to protect) I looked up at your photo which hangs in the Chief's Office at the Taylorsville Police Department everyday. I found strength and inspiration from you presence, during difficult times. Thank you so much for your service and sacrifice. I have moved on from Taylorsville but I keep a copy of the story of your sacrifice with me still. You are not forgotten Chief

Chief Tony Jones
Blowing Rock Police Department

August 7, 2015

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