Chief of Police Walter Brannon Braswell

Chief of Police Walter Brannon Braswell

Fremont Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, November 13, 1965

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Walter Brannon Braswell

Chief Braswell was shot and killed with his own weapon while putting two prisoners into a jail cell at the police department. He had arrested a couple following a domestic disturbance. As he placed the female suspect into the cell the male suspect grabbed Chief Braswell's weapon and shot him. The suspects then locked him in the cell where he succumbed to his wounds. Both suspects were apprehended and charged with Chief Braswell's murder.

The male suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison November 16, 1967. He was paroled June 26, 1986. In 1989 he served eight months in prison for assault with a deadly weapen inflicting serious injury. Six months later he was returned to prison and served 11 months for an assault. In 1993 he was charged with another murder in Wake County. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 20 years. He died in prison January 20, 2002.

Chief Braswell had served in law enforcement for 40 years. He had come out of retirement 2 months prior to his murder to act as a temporary chief until a permanent chief could be hired.


  • Age 69
  • Tour 40 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1986

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This is my grandfather(we grandchildren called him PA PA) We loved our PA PA very much. He was a HERO to us all!!He was not only a great police officer, he was a kind and gentle man and a fair man.I miss him as much today as I did all those years ago. I will see you again PA PA when we all meet in Heaven!!! LOVE YOU

Ricky D Mozingo

May 15, 2015

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