Patrolman Lawrence Canipe, Jr.

Patrolman Lawrence Canipe, Jr.

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, October 5, 1974

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Lawrence Canipe, Jr.

Patrolman Lawrence Canipe and Sergeant W. Dean Arledge were shot and killed in the basement of the Buncombe County Courthouse.

Sergeant Arledge was assisting Patrolman Canipe to administer a breathalyzer test when the suspect was able to gain control of one of the officers' handguns and shot them both. The suspect was apprehended the next day by a deputy sheriff in Asheville.

The suspect was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder on March 28th, 1975, and sentenced to two life terms. He died in prison on September 5th, 1995.

Patrolman Canipe was a U.S Air Force veteran and had served with the North Carolina Highway Patrol for eight years. He was survived by his parents.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge G-449
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

drunk driver

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I knew Larry and his wife when I was a kid. I see a post from Jim Miller .You say you knew Larry Canipes brother. Do you have any way to contact his wife ? I was a friend and moved away from NC and a few of us were talking about old times when he used to drop by my parents home. Just wondering if you had any con tact? I used to be a EDWARDS an I lived at brick landing ,nc.

Sheila Edwards.

January 10, 2020

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