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

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

Patrolman Canipe had been with the agency for two years and was survived by his parents.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge G-449

Incident Details

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

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I did not know Officer Canipe, but I went to high school with one of his brothers and knew the family well. I remember this tragedy well, and want the family to know that he is not forgotten. I know how proud of him his family was.

Jim Miller

April 5, 2016

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