Sergeant Lewis Edward Robinson, Sr.

Sergeant Lewis Edward Robinson, Sr.

Mecklenburg County Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, May 4, 1970

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Lewis Edward Robinson, Sr.

Sergeant Lewis Robinson was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant with eight other officers.

Earlier in the day, a woman in a rural area called the electric company to report that her electricity was out. When a company employee arrived on the scene, he determined that the woman's water was out, not the electricity. The water had been turned off by a neighbor. As the employee prepared to leave, the neighbor exited his house. The neighbor fired several shots into the utility truck and at the employee.

The employee signed a warrant for the discharging of a weapon into occupied property. When the officers arrived on the scene, they surrounded the house and fired tear gas into it. When there was no response from inside, they determined the subject was not in the house and they began to search the area. The subject was hiding under a tree 50-feet away. The man opened fire with a military carbine rifle, striking Sergeant Robinson. The other officers returned fire and wounded the man who was then taken into custody.

Sergeant Robinson was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Apprehended

ambush, shots fired call, warrant service

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It has been almost 50 years since this happened !!! However I remember it like it was yesterday !
I was on the same shift as Sgt. Robinson but my squad was off duty that May 4 night. I will never
forget Sgt. Robinson ! He was a
Fine Man & Very Good Police Officer !
Now on May 4, 2019 A Mooresville K-9 Officer has been
Shot & Killed ......

Ptl. S.E.(Gene) Catoe M-61
Mecklenburg County Police

May 8, 2019

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