Sergeant Howard J. Plouff

Sergeant Howard J. Plouff

Winston-Salem Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, February 23, 2007

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Howard J. Plouff

Sergeant Howard Plouff was fatally shot outside a bar after he responded to a call for help from sheriff's deputies at approximately 2:00 AM.

Four deputies were working off-duty security at the country western bar when a fight broke out during a private party. The fighting moved outside the bar and several shots were fired, one of which struck Sergeant Plouff. He was transported to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where he succumbed to his wound approximately 21 hours later.

The killer, 22, was apprehended four days later and charged with first degree murder. On March 11, 2010, he was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 21 years in prison. He is to be released on February 17, 2024.

Sergeant Plouff was a 17-year veteran of the Winston-Salem Police Department. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 21 years

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Prayers continued for his family and friends!! Howie was great police and an even better person!!

Chris Minor
Wake Forest Police

February 23, 2022

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