Chief of Police William Dean Greene, Sr.

Chief of Police William Dean Greene, Sr.

Blowing Rock Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, January 18, 1963

William Dean Greene, Sr.

Chief William Greene was shot and killed while pursuing a vehicle occupied by two men and two women at 0130 hours. Unbeknownst to Chief Greene the four had broken into a summer cottage in Blowing Rock. Before backup units arrived the suspects stopped the car and one of the male suspects opened fire on Chief Greene, striking him in the arm and back with a 410 gauge shotgun. Then both men stabbed him twice before fleeing. Chief Greene was able to make it back to his patrol car and radio in a description of the suspects, who were later arrested and charged with murder.

The suspect who shot Chief Greene was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on March 1, 1963. He died in prison on December 29, 1992.

The other male suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 30 years. He was paroled on September 3, 1975.

The two women pled guilty to manslaughter.

Chief Greene had served with the agency for seven years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 410 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Both of my parents were police officers in the 1930's so when I pass the beautiful memorial gardens in Blowing Rock I always think of them as well as Chief Greene.

There is an old belief'
That on some distant shore'
Free from despair and grief.
Old friends shall meet once more.

You are not forgotten

Jay Faulkner
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August 12, 2016

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