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Officer Down

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

PAROLE ALERT: Double Cop Killer Frank E. Wetzel



DO NOT grant parole to Frank E. Wetzel, inmate #0431879. This inmate's violent double murder of Patrolman Wister Reese and Patrolman J.T. Brown in 1957 should preclude any consideration for parole.

On Tuesday, November 5, 1957, Patrolmen Reese and Brown, of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, were brutally shot down in cold blood by a career criminal. Both officers were murdered in the discharge of their duties while keeping the citizens of North Carolina safe from violent criminals like inmate #0431879.



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OFFICER DOWN MEMORIAL PAGE for OFFICER REESE

Patrolman Wister Lee Reese
North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina
End of Watch: Tuesday, November 5, 1957


Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available
Tour: Not available
Badge # 39
Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 11/5/1957
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Sentenced to life

Patrolman Wister Reese was shot and killed in Richmond County after stopping 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 turned 89 in 2011, has repeatedly been denied parole and remains in prison. He is North Carolina's longest-serving inmate.

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.


OFFICER DOWN MEMORIAL PAGE for OFFICER BROWN

Patrolman J. T. Brown
North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina
End of Watch: Tuesday, November 5, 1957


Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available
Tour: Not available
Badge # Not available
Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 11/5/1957
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Sentenced to life

Patrolman Brown was shot and killed after stopping a suspicious vehicle in Lee County. The driver of the vehicle had just shot and killed Patrolman W. L. Reese after being stopped in Richmond County for speeding. 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 had been 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 sentences on March 19, 1958. The suspect, who turned 89 in 2011, has repeatedly been denied parole and remains in prison. He is North Carolina's longest-serving inmate.

In 2005 the North Carolina Department of Transportation named a bridge on US Highway 1 in Lee County in memory of Patrolman Brown.

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