Fallen Officer’s Memorial

Detective Tom G. Crabtree
EOW: Friday, September 1, 1922
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Detective Crabtree was shot and killed after being confronted by a drunk 19-year-old man.
He was en route to join a surveillance operation when the shooting took place.

Detective Crabtree had been with the agency for nine years and was survived by his son.

Patrolman Robert Earl Sparks
EOW: Friday, March 8, 1968
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit

Officer Sparks was killed in a motorcycle accident while in pursuit of a speeding motorist.
He lost control of the motorcycle while rounding a curve on Ridge Road.

Officer Sparks had been with the agency for fifteen months and was survived by his wife.

Patrolman James Wade Allen
EOW: Thursday, December 5, 1968
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Officer James Allen and Officer Lee were killed in an automobile accident when their patrol car was struck by another vehicle.
The initial collision pushed the patrol car into a utility pole.

Officer Allen had been with the agency for two years.

Patrolman James Gale Lee
EOW: Thursday, December 5, 1968
Cause of Death: Automobile accidentOfficer James Lee and Officer Allen were killed in an automobile accident when their patrol car was struck by another vehicle.
The initial collision pushed the patrol car into a utility pole.

Officer Lee had been with the agency for four years.
Police Officer Delma Devon Adams
EOW: Sunday, February 3, 1980
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Officer Adams was shot and killed while making a DUI arrest. Officer Adams had put the female suspect in the rear of the police car.
As he sat in the driver’s seat the suspect produced a handgun and shot him in the back of the head through the patrol car’s cage.

Officer Adams had been with the agency for thirteen years and was survived by his wife and two sons.

Police Officer Denise Holden
EOW: Friday, August 4, 1995
Cause of Death:Automobile accident

Officer Holden was killed in an accident while responding to an officer needs assistance call at 0300 hours.
Her vehicle left the roadway at the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Morgan Street and struck a telephone pole.
She succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the accident while rescue crews attempted to extricate her.

Officer Holden had been with the agency for seven months and was survived by her parents and two sisters.

Detective Paul Andrew Hale
EOW: Friday, July 11, 1997
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Detective Hale was fatally shot in the head while attempting to apprehend a murder suspect.
He and his partner were approaching the suspect’s vehicle when the suspect fired a shot, striking Detective Hale.
His partner returned fire, wounding the suspect, who was taken into custody.
Detective Hale had been with the department since 1990 and was promoted to detective on July 7, 1997, only 5 days before the incident.

Detective Hale had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and two daughters.

Master Officer Charles Radford Paul III
EOW: Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident

Officer Paul was killed in a motorcycle accident while attempting to catch up to a speeding vehicle on I-440.
He was running radar between Rock Quarry and Hammond Roads, when his motorcycle went out of control and struck the center median guard rail.

Officer Paul had been with the agency for seven years and is survived by his wife and one-year-old daughter.