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. He was pardoned on August 18, 1942, by Governor Melville Broughton.

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 Pardoned in 1942

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I am so sorry, heartbroken to hear of this tragic murder!! One Day and such a life ready to give. Thank you, JOHN FRANKLIN FESPERMAN, for your service. You, your community, the Department and all of us have been robbed. I so pray to meet you some day. May our Lord hold you sweetly until His Return. God's blessings to your family, especially. We will never get over your loss. We will continue loving and praying for those in your footsteps. THANK YOU!


Kim Durham
Davis Police Department - Daughter

November 12, 2019

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