Sergeant John Hugh Howell, II

Sergeant John Hugh Howell, II

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, August 26, 1973

John Hugh Howell, II

Sergeant John Howell was shot and killed after responding to a domestic dispute in which a man had assaulted his daughter.

When Sergeant Howell arrived at the location the man's son let him into the house. While inside he exchanged shots with the father, who was armed with a .22 caliber rifle. Sergeant Howell was struck in the chest and hand. He was able to make it to his patrol car and called for assistance before succumbing to his wounds.

The suspect was arrested and charged with murder and assault. He was convicted of second degree murder on March 1st, 1974, and sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was released on May 28th, 1982. In May of 1995 he was killed when a tractor turned over on top of him.

Sergeant Howell was U.S. Army veteran and Bronze Star recipient of the Vietnam War. He had served with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office for two years and was survived by his parents.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

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I was 12 on this day. I was at my grandparents house of which my grandfather served some as jailer. I was there at the house also with my dad and my uncle, of which was a Lincoln County deputy at the time. I remember as we three were standing in the yard, the phone ring. My uncle stated, something bad has happened, by the phone ring. Amazing it was just a phone ring. But my uncle was called to the phone to learn his friend and fellow officer John had been shot and murdered, while responding to aid on a domestic dispute call. I will always remember that day. Thanks John for being a public servant and your service to our Country in the military. I am ashamed of how you and others that served our Country in this era (especially our veterans that are black) were treated so unimaginable . May you of all your service and sacrifice be remember better this year, in that we will honor you by us serving our fellow man by your example.

Alan H. Hoyle GySgt USMC retired
USMC and Candidate for Sheriff

May 16, 2018

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