Deputy Sheriff Robert Lloyd Cloaninger

Deputy Sheriff Robert Lloyd Cloaninger

Iredell County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, August 3, 1919

Robert Lloyd Cloaninger

Deputy Sheriff Robert Cloaninger was shot and killed near Mayhew as he and two Mooresville policemen attempted to serve a warrant on a man for assault with a deadly weapon.

The suspect resisted arrest, produced a pistol and opened fire. Deputy Cloaninger returned fire, seriously wounding the suspect. As the officers were examining his wounds his brother arrived on the scene and attacked Deputy Cloaninger. As Deputy Cloaninger repelled his attacker, another brother came up and shot him twice in the back. Both brothers fled from the scene and escaped.

The suspect who shot Deputy Cloaninger was apprehended the next day near Davidson. He was convicted of first degree murder and executed in the electric chair September 20, 1920. The suspect who Deputy Cloaninger shot was sentenced to 30 years in prison. On March 28, 1921, he escaped from the state penitentiary and was never recaptured. The third suspect was apprehended in Welsh, West Virginia, March 29, 1923. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison May 27, 1923.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Executed in 1920

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The Iredell County Sheriff’s Family Auxiliary, on behalf of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, wants to extend our continued condolences and prayers to the family of our fallen Deputy who made the ultimate sacrifice. We have not forgotten your dedication and heroic acts.

Deputy Robert Lloyd Cloaninger served the citizens of Iredell County with honor and we are forever thankful for his service.

ICSO Family Auxiliary
Iredell County Sheriff's Office

April 30, 2018

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