Rural Police Officer John Franklin Fesperman

Rural Police Officer John Franklin Fesperman

Mecklenburg County Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, February 16, 1924

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John Franklin Fesperman

Rural Police Officer Fesperman was shot and killed while filling in for another officer who was sick.

Officer Fesperman and other officers were enroute to a liquor raid on a home at the Wakefield Farm off of Providence Road. When the officers arrived at the house they located almost 100 people. As they began to search the people in the crowd, officers found liquor on one of the men, who was then placed into Officer Fesperman's custody.

Moments later, the man shot Officer Fesperman in the head and fled the scene. Officer Fesperman was taken to Presbyterian Hospital where he died. The suspect was arrested a short time later by the Charlotte police chief. He was convicted of Officer Fesperman's murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life.

Officer Fesperman had been appointed to the police force on the day he was killed.


  • Age 21
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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What a terrible tragedy for you, Officer Fesperman. One day and an eternal hero. The citizens of North Carolina thank you. Rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 14, 2018

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