Patrolman George C. Penn

Patrolman George C. Penn

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, August 22, 1937

George C. Penn

Patrolman George Penn was shot and killed by two escaped convicts who failed to stop for truck scales. Unbeknownst to Patrolman Penn, the truck was loaded with stolen meat. The suspects led him on a chase that ended in a shootout in Buncombe County. Patrolman Penn was shot and killed after he ran out of ammunition.

The suspects were apprehended and returned to prison. Both men were convicted of Patrolman Penn's murder. They were executed in the gas chamber on July 1, 1938.

Patrolman Penn had been with the agency for 8 years. He was survived by his wife and parents.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation named a bridge on Interstate 240 in Asheville at the Blue Ridge parkway-US 74 interchage as the Patrolman George Penn Memorial Bridge.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Apprehended

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You were the first Patrolman to be murdered in the line of duty. I recall you being spoken of reverently in my basic school class in 85 during patrol history training. I also recall sitting in the lot of the old scales ob US70 in Swannanoa to clock speeders and I often passed the location of your murder in Fairview when I was a District 4 Trooper. RIP Sir. You were the first of 14 troopers to die in Troop G. Thank you for your bravery and service.

Former Trooper John Millan (ex G442)

John Millan
Former Trooper, NCSHP

August 2, 2016

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