Deputy Sheriff Julian Lee Powers, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Julian Lee Powers, Jr.

Lee County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, June 8, 1959

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Julian Lee Powers, Jr.

Deputy Julian Powers was shot and killed while he and several members of his department searched for a vagrant who had been stealing food from homes and was wanted for questioning in the shooting of a local farmer.

As they were walking through a wheatfield, Deputy Powers came upon the suspect who was laying down in the field. The man shot him in the chest with a 12 gauge shotgun. The suspect was apprehended after he was shot and wounded by another deputy in a wooded area near Swann Station Road.

The 35-year-old suspect was declared insane and committed at the state mental institution in Goldsboro.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Committed

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Deputy Sheriff Powers,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lee County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

June 8, 2019

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