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8/24/2021 1:46:00 PM
Memorial Service To Honor Fallen Sheriff's Deputy Aug. 26

Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release


LINCOLNTON, N.C. – A memorial service for John Hugh Howell II will be held at 12 p.m., Thursday, August 26, 2021. The service will be held on the east side of the Lincoln County Courthouse.

John Hugh Howell II was only 24 years old when he was shot and killed on August 26, 1973 when he responded to a domestic dispute in which 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 at the location the man’s son let him into the house.

While inside he exchanged shots with the father, who was armed with a .22 caliber rifle. Sergeant Howell was struck in the chest and hand. He was able to make it to his patrol car and radioed for 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 and was released on May 28, 1982. In May of 1995 he was killed when a tractor overturned on top of him.

Sgt. Howell joined the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Sergeant John H. Howell, II is honored with a plaque on the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.



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