Patrolman William Thomas Herbin

Patrolman William Thomas Herbin

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, August 31, 1964

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William Thomas Herbin

Patrolman Bill Herbin pulled over a vehicle occupied by four men 12 miles north of Raeford on U.S. 401.

The driver resisted when Patrolman Herbin attempted to arrest him for driving under the influence and not having a drivers license. A fight resulted with the driver and one of the three other occupants. Patrolman Herbin was severely beaten, relieved of his service revolver, and shot three times in the head by the driver.

All four suspects were arrested the same day. The driver and the suspect who attacked Patrolman Herbin were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on December 12th, 1964. Charges against the other two suspects were dropped. On June 3rd, 1965, the North Carolina State Supreme Court ordered the release of the suspect who aided the driver stating that evidence against him was insufficient to convict him. Patrolman Herbin's killer was paroled on January 3rd, 1984.

Patrolman Herbin is survived by his wife and 13-year-old daughter. A new Cape Fear Valley Health facility was built on the spot where Patrolman Herbin was killed.

In November 2013 a monument recognizing his sacrifice was erected on the facilities campus.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1984

DUI, traffic stop

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You were young and vibrant in those long ago days. You and three of your buddies bought a small airplane; then you got your pilot license. You had an aqua colored motor boat that you named after your daughter, Linda Kay. And oh, as a small boy I was so impressed with your blue 1964 Impala Super Sport that sat regally in your driveway. Scenes of the sun reflecting off those dual chrome tail pipes; The bucket seats and four on the floor are still embedded in my mind. You daily cleaned that car and everything you had was always so neat.

Then came that awful hot summer day. I remember the field where your corpse was discovered. There were police cars and road blocks everywhere. Disbelief quickly surrendered to shock. We expected grandparents to die but not Uncle Billy.

Your dear wife, my aunt grew old and died alone in the home you both shared. Your siblings, brothers and sister-in-laws are now bowed to the affects of time. Your little daughter, now has passed that arbitrary date fixed by Social Security, as the time for old people to retire. However, Uncle Billy, you will be forever that young, dark haired, quick moving, fun loving man.

I’ll always remember you and hope to see you again.

Dwight A. Seawell

April 27, 2019

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