Patrolman J. T. Brown

Patrolman J. T. Brown

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, November 5, 1957

J. T. Brown

Patrolman Brown was shot and killed after stopping a suspicious vehicle in Lee County. The driver of the vehicle had just shot and killed Patrolman W. L. Reese after being stopped in Richmond County for speeding. The vehicle, later found to be stolen, was being driven by a New York state mental hospital escapee. The escapee was en route to Mississippi to attempt to break his brother out of death row.

Three weeks later the suspect was captured in Bakersfield, California. Since his escape a month earlier, it was discovered that he had been involved in numerous burglaries in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

He was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to two life sentences on March 19, 1958. The suspect, who was North Carolina's oldest and longest serving inmate, died in prison July 21, 2012. He was 90 years old.

In 2005 the North Carolina Department of Transportation named a bridge on US Highway 1 in Lee County in memory of Patrolman Brown.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

Most Recent Reflection

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I am the daughter of Trooper Edward G Shomaker, who was stationed in Moore County the time of the shootings. My late father knew these troopers, Reese and Brown and thought highly of them. I was only a very little girl but I remember it vividly!
My dad was later transferred to Troop E in Rowan County but always missed Moore Co. of NC. He began retirement after 32 yrs, a proud Trooper. The Honor Guard at his funeral was beautiful and he was wearing his uniform. He would have been proud. I miss him mightily.
I still get emotional when I see a Highway Patrol car in NC. I honor the work as I honor the integrity my daddy had.
He was Trooper of the year in 1958; I believe.
I honor the sacrifice of ALL Troopers killed in action and those who continue to strive in keeping our roads and drivers safe. Thank you!
Katheryn - Raleigh

Daughter of NC Trooper
Daughter of NC Trooper

November 12, 2017

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