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- Nov. 05, 1957 -
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NC Highway Patrol Patch
Resided: NC, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Nov. 05, 1957
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male
Agency
Dept: North Carolina Highway Patrol
512 N Salisbury St  
Raleigh, NC   27604   USA
(919)733-7952
County: Wake
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Patrolman
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Traffic - Vehicle Stop
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: 39
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: NC   USA   Tue. Nov. 05, 1957
Summary: Patrolman Wister Reese was shot and killed in Richmond County after stopping the driver of a vehicle for speeding.

After the shooting, the suspect fled but was later pulled over by Patrolman J. T. Brown in Lee County. During that stop the suspect also shot and killed Patrolman Brown. The vehicle, later found to be stolen, was being driven by a New York state mental hospital escapee. The escapee was en route to Mississippi to attempt to break his brother out of death row.

Three weeks later the suspect was captured in Bakersfield, California. Since his escape a month earlier, it was discovered that he was involved in numerous burglaries in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

He was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to two life terms on March 19, 1958. The suspect, who was North Carolina's oldest and longest serving inmate, died in prison July 21, 2012. He was 90 years old.

A section of U.S. 74 near Hamlet, North Carolina, was renamed in honor of Patrolman Reese. He is buried in Eastside Cemetery, Rockingham, Richmond County, North Carolina.p

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