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8/24/2019 12:05:00 AM
Memorial Service To Honor Fallen Sheriff's Deputy Aug. 25

Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release


LINCOLNTON, N.C. – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will hold a memorial service Sunday afternoon, August 25, 2019, at 3 p.m. to honor fallen Lincoln County Sheriff’s Sergeant John Hugh Howell II.

The service will be held on the east side of the Lincoln County Courthouse in Lincolnton. 

On August 26, 1973 Sgt. Howell, who was only 24 years old, was shot and killed after responding to a domestic dispute where a man had assaulted his daughter.  Sgt. Howell was familiar with the family because of previous trips to diffuse domestic incidents so when he arrived the man’s son let him in the house.   While inside the residence the officer and the suspect exchanged shots.  Shots from a .22 caliber rifle struck Sgt. Howell in the chest and hand.   He was able to make it to his patrol car and called from 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 1, 1974 and sentenced to 25 years in prison. He served just over eight years of the sentence.

Sgt. Howell served in the Vietnam War before joining the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. He is honored with a plaque on the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. His name is located on the 2nd row in the 47th panel on the East Wall of the Memorial.

The memorial service will be as follows: 

  • Opening Prayer 
  • National Anthem
  • Speakers from the Sheriff’s Office
  • Sgt. Howell’s favorite song, “Why Me Lord”
  • Closing Prayer

Honor Guards from: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln County Veterans.


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