Chief of Police Albert L. Painter

Chief of Police Albert L. Painter

Cherryville Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, January 16, 1926

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Albert L. Painter

Chief Albert Painter succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two days earlier while attempting to arrest a drunk man who was firing his gun in town. The suspect, Jesse Vandyke, shot through a store window and fatally wounded Chief Painter as Chief Painter was crossing in front of the window to enter the store and arrest Mr. Vandyke for drunken and disorderly conduct.

The suspect was arrested following the shooting and sentenced to 15 to 20 years in prison.

Chief Painter was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 14, 1926
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

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I enjoyed visiting Chief Painter's grave with my grandmother, who is the granddaughter of Albert's brother, Charles Mills. I am Chief Painter's great great great niece. Thank you for this.

Katie (Sharpe) Bell
Great great great niece

February 17, 2021

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