Detective Paul Andrew Hale

Detective Paul Andrew Hale

Raleigh Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, July 11, 1997

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Paul Andrew Hale

Detective Hale was fatally shot in the head while attempting to apprehend a murder suspect, 20, at an East Lenoir Street apartment building.

Detective Hale and his partner were approaching the suspect's vehicle when the suspect fired a shot, striking Detective Hale. His partner returned fire, wounding the suspect, who was taken into custody.

The suspect was convicted of Detective Hale's murder and sentenced to life in prison. As of June 9, 2023, the suspect, one of North Carolina's most dangerous inmates, remains in a maximum security prison under close watch.

Detective Hale had been with the Raleigh Police Department for 7 years and was promoted five days before his death. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

murder suspect, stakeout

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Detective Hale,
You were the best training officer any new recruit could ever ask for. I learned a lot from you and most of all, you taught me how to parallel park and I can't thank you enough. LOL. You also showed me how much you valued your family because I remember you calling Connie during each shift just to tell her you loved her. I also remember sitting in the patrol car at Ravenscroft writing reports while you were in a parent/teacher conference for Stephie and Jessie. You loved your girls and they definitely loved you. Thank you for having patience with me throughout my training. You molded me as to who I am today at RPD. You will never be forgotten and will forever live in my heart.

Rhonda Powell, Victim Advocate
Raleigh Police Department-Family Violence Intervention

July 11, 2023

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