Trooper John Henry Duncan, Jr.

Trooper John Henry Duncan, Jr.

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, January 9, 2001

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John Henry Duncan, Jr.

Trooper John Duncan was killed in an automobile accident on Turnbull Road while assisting another trooper in a vehicle pursuit.

The other trooper had made a traffic stop and had asked the driver of the vehicle for permission to search it. Trooper Duncan arrived on the scene to assist when the suspect began struggling with the troopers. The suspect was able to return to his vehicle and drive away, with both troopers following.

During the pursuit, Trooper Duncan lost control of his patrol car, crossed the center lane, and struck a group of trees. On impact the patrol car caught fire and exploded. The suspect was arrested and charged with several traffic and criminal charges in connection with the incident. On July 18th, 2002, the suspect pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 29 months in prison. He was paroled September 26th, 2003. In May 2016 the man was shot and killed in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Trooper Duncan was a U.S Army veteran and had served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for two years. He was assigned to Trooper B in Cumberland County. He is survived by his wife and three young children.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge B-157
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Sentenced to 29 months

vehicle pursuit

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It’s been so many years. I will never forget you or the impact you have made on Chris’s life. Chris will never be the same. You will forever be missed and loved. I know you are resting in peace but many others continue to mourn your tragic death every day. Thank you for making such a positive impression on so many! Your legacy goes on!
Kristy Todd(previous Kristy Williams)

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September 22, 2020

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