Chief of Police Mack Carringer

Chief of Police Mack Carringer

Murphy Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, October 7, 1930

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Mack Carringer

Chief Carringer was shot and killed in a shootout at Lovers Leap while he and two officers attempted to arrest three men wanted for robbery. The three men had robbed a general store in Coker Creek, Tennessee, and took the store owner hostage. The three men let the hostage go in North Carolina and the man was able to call police. The three officers located the men at Lovers Leap and engaged them in a shootout. Chief Carringer and one of the suspects were shot and killed and the other two officers were wounded. The two remaining suspects were apprehended. One was sentenced to 15 years and the second was sentenced to 30 years.
Chief Carringer had been with the agency for five months. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender One shot and killed

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October 7, 1930 is the day you were murdered for performing your duty as a Law Enforcement officer. This date is important to my family because on this date, my father was born. 91 years ago today you were taken from your family to mourn your loss and celebrate your life and service to your community. Rest in peace sir. God bless you. You are not and will never be Forgotten

Tim Gilpin
SMSgt, USAF (Ret)
USAF Security Police

October 7, 2021

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