Detective Garland Lindwood Joyner, Jr.

Detective Garland Lindwood Joyner, Jr.

Portsmouth Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, March 18, 1984

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Garland Lindwood Joyner, Jr.

Detective Garland Joyner was shot and killed in North Carolina while conducting an investigation.

His body was locate in Warwick Creek, which borders the Gates County - Chowan County line, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Although his was initially ruled a suicide, it was reclassified a homicide in 2014 after new evidence emerged indicating he was following leads on an active investigation.

His killer(s) remain unidentified and at large.

Detective Joyner was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Portsmouth Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 131
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location North Carolina
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender At large

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Garland Joyner was a true friend and good police officer. I had recently been hired. Garland welcomed me even though I came here from being a State Trooper from Fla. When I came to Portsmouth, Garland was the first person I met and rode with. He showed me the city, where to eat and where to go, under a big shade in Churchland. Garland also made sure I knew how to dust for finger prints.

When Garland passed we all said there was too many unanswered questions. I was pleased when evidence showed that it was not suicide but foul play.

I hope that in coming years, the case will be solved. RIP Garland.

Sgt. J. Gypson
Portsmouth Police Dept. (ret.)

March 18, 2019

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