Policeman Richmond Powell, Jr.

Policeman Richmond Powell, Jr.

Princeville Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, August 21, 1923

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Richmond Powell, Jr.

Policeman Richmond Powell succumbed to a stab wound inflicted two days earlier.

Two Tarboro police officers were chasing a speeder out of Tarboro and into nearby Princeville when they saw Policeman Powell lying next to the road, Highway 64. They discovered Policeman Powell had a serious head wound and transported him to his home and then to a hospital in Tarboro. Before loosing consciousness he identified his killer who had stabbed him in the head with a knife. The blade had entered his brain causing a fatal wound. Three men were arrested and charged with murder. The killer was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to two years on the Edgecombe County road gang. Another man was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to four months on the Edgecombe County road gang. The third man was acquitted. The trouble that led to the stabbing was never determined but was thought to be over illegal liquor in possession of the suspects.

Policeman Powell, Princeville's only officer, had the reputation of being a very efficient officer and worked for Princeville for many years. He was survived by his wife and seven children. He was preceded in death by two children. He ls buried in a cemetery a half mile north of Lawrence, Edgecombe County, near Highway 258. Princeville no longer has a police department and is patrolled by the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department.

Bio

  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Sunday, August 19, 1923
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Sentenced to 2 years

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I am so lost for words that you were stabbed in the head and the 3 people that cause your death were given very light sentences. You were the father of my great grandmother whom I never met. You were the grand father of my my grandmother and she was a gem in my life.
Rest in peace. Gilda

Gilda Moore
cousin

November 15, 2019

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