Chief of Police George Lee Lashley

Chief of Police George Lee Lashley

Gibsonville Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, June 30, 1973

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George Lee Lashley

Chief of Police George Lashley was shot and killed while he and another city employee were checking the city's wastewater pumping facility in the woods just south of the city limits on NC Highway 61.

While at the facility Chief Lashley observed a car parked nearby that contained four subjects. As he questioned the subjects, two men and two women, he noticed a sawed-off shotgun inside the car. He then told the men to get out of the car and began searching the vehicle. One of the suspects produced a .25 caliber handgun and opened fire, fatally wounding the chief. The suspect fled the scene on foot and was apprehended by other officers a short time later. It was later discovered that the car was stolen.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on November 1st, 1973. He died in prison on March 9th, 2013.

Chief Lashley was a U.S. Navy veteran. He had served with the Gibsonville Police Department for only two months but had served in law enforcement for 10 years. He had previously served as an officer with the Lexington Police Department and as chief of the Troy Police Department. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 31
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .25 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison

stolen vehicle, suspicious vehicle

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Thank-you Officer Zambito. I finished my career as a Nurse for the N.C. Department of Correction after many previous years as an ER Nurse. Chief Lashley was my Cousin, but more like a Big Brother. We grew up together across the street from each other. They asked me if I wanted them to move his murderer to another facility because we had the infirmary for the region where he was housed and it was possible he could end up at our prison. I told them no. I told them I would love to look him in the eye and tell him, "You haven't seen these green eyes since June 30, 1973." G.L. (what family called him because his Father was George T.)and I both have green eyes as do all of our children. Of course I told them if he passed out, they'd have to take care of him. That never occurred. Through the prison grapevine I was told he was proud he killed a cop. One of our officers had previously worked at the prison where he was housed. He died at Central Prison in Raleigh in 2013. And like my favorite line from the movie A Time to Kill, "I hope he burns in Hell."

Gone but not forgotten.
JKY

June 30, 2019

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