Police Officer Milus Terry Lyles

Police Officer Milus Terry Lyles

Charlotte Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, August 6, 1990

Milus Terry Lyles

Officer Lyles was shot and killed by a man he had arrested who had managed to conceal a .22 caliber handgun in his underwear when searched. As Officer Lyles drove the suspect to headquarters he opened fire, while still handcuffed, from the backseat of the patrol car, striking Officer Lyles in the back of his bullet-proof vest twice. After wrecking into an embankment the suspect shot Officer Lyles in the head as he fled from his patrol car.

The suspect, an ex-convict who was released from prison in 1984 after serving seven years for manslaughter, was apprehended and sentenced to death. He was later awarded a new trial and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on April 8th, 1994. He was denied parole in August 2013.

Officer Lyles had served in law enforcement for just over 2-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife and parents.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, August 5, 1990
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace Officer Lyles. I guess in this tragic instance your vest did not offer enough protection as the bullets must have pierced you in a delicate and dangerous part of your body. Always a North Carolina Hero who observes from God's highest of perches. The bad guys just have no sense of class or scruples. You deserved to live on with your wife and family.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 13, 2018

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