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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I became a Patrolman in November 1983, retired January 2007. I always remembered the sacrifice of those who came before me. We had the same issues throughout my career with the court system. Those of us who served did it for another reason, I always told cadets when I taught at the training center it is really a calling not a job. I grieve with the family of the loss of a loved one, and pray God has blessed you in ways only he can....

Sgt John E. Tomer

August 30, 2017

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