Police Officer Roy Gene Turner, Jr.

Police Officer Roy Gene Turner, Jr.

Fayetteville Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, November 30, 2001

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Roy Gene Turner, Jr.

Police Officer Roy Turner was shot and killed at the intersection of Moore Street and Hillsboro Street while on patrol at approximately 9 p.m.

Officer Turner was a member of the Neighborhood Improvement Team and was patrolling a violent, crime-intensive area when he was shot.

The killer was sentenced to death for Officer Turner's murder on Oct. 22, 2002. On December 13, 2012, the killer's death sentence was commuted to life. However, in January 2017, the death sentence was reinstated. On September 26, 2020, because racial bias was said to be a significant factor in his death sentence, his death sentence was again commuted to life.

Officer Turner was a United States Army Persian War veteran and had served with the Fayetteville Police Department for five years. He is survived by his son, parents, and brother.

Officer Turner is buried at the Fayetteville Memorial Cemetery.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 276
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, November 29, 2001
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced commuted to life

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I’m thinking about you, even more so lately. Our baby is turning 21 tomorrow. I don’t know where the time has gone. It feels like a lifetime ago that I saw your face. I miss you. I know that Craig misses you, and we wish with everything that you could have been here with us. to see him, and be with him. I know you’d be so proud of him, like I am. He’s so kind, Roy, just like you. I wonder what you were like at 21 and wish you were here to talk and laugh and see all of this … I love you so and I miss you man. You were the best man I’ve ever known only 2nd to our Craig.

Carol Furlong

October 14, 2022

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