Chief of Police Bernice Cameron

Chief of Police Bernice Cameron

Carthage Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, March 15, 1953

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Bernice Cameron

Chief Bernice Cameron was shot in the face with a shotgun and killed instantly.

He was ambushed when he and another officer went to investigate a reported disturbance on a darkened street. Eight suspects fled the scene. Six were arrested within a few days in Carthage. The other two were arrested in Sabine, West Virgina a month later.

Three of the suspects were sentenced to life in prison. One was paroled March 13, 1979. The other five received sentences ranging from 15 to 20 years.

Chief Cameron had served with the Carthage Police Department for only 4 months. He is survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace Chief of Police Cameron. Four years and to become the chief, your honor, dignity, integrity and courage were always front and center and never to be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 15, 2016

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