Sergeant Robert A. Mobley

Sergeant Robert A. Mobley

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, July 19, 1979

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Robert A. Mobley

Sergeant Robert Mobley was shot and killed while stopping a person on a motorcycle at 7:00 pm on Highway 51, five miles south of Florence.

Sergeant Mobley initiated the traffic stop of a motorcycle due to a non-working brake light. He was left-handed and was sitting in his patrol car in the driver's seat with the door open to protect the motorcycle while writing the citation when the motorcycle operator snuck up from behind the patrol car, took Sergeant Mobley's sidearm out from the holster and emptied the chamber into Sergeant Mobley. When a deputy arrived on the scene, the suspect retrieved Sergeant Mobley's shotgun out of the patrol car and attempted to shoot the deputy but could not chamber the round.

The suspect was taken into custody and was found guilty initially, but the verdict was overturned when the suspect was deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial. The suspect spent 25 years in a state mental facility and was released in 2005.

Sergeant Mobley was a United States Marine Corps WWII veteran and had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for 21 years. He was survived by his wife, three children, and two grandchildren. One of Sergeant Mobley’s sons was a member of the South Carolina Highway Patrol at the time of his death.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

traffic stop

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Sarge you where my mentor and my friend. I remember the flying lesson in your piper. I remember the nite you left us. I will always remember. RIP Sarge you where one of the good ones.

Former PFC Arthur Posey District 5
SC Highway Patrol Florence County

March 31, 2023

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