Killing of Ned Turman in North Carolina in 1941


Case summary

Pvt. Ned Turman (1914 - 1941) was killed in Cumberland County, North Carolina. Turman, stationed at Fort Bragg, was fatally shot in a battle between Black and white soldiers on a jim crow bus carrying them back to camp after a night in Fayetteville. Army officials stated that MP Elwyn Hargraves was attempting to arrest Turman on the bus when Turman allegedly grabbed Hargraves’ gun and fatally shot him. In the ensuing gun battle Turman was killed and several other soldiers wounded. Newspapers reported that the incident was likely a result of the Army-enforced system of segregation of Black soldiers in the armed forces.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1941-08-06
Location: Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: engaging in disorderly conduct; disputing with white military police

Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

Criminal process
Arrest: [ ]
Charge/indictment/information: yes
Grand jury: [ ]
Trial: yes
Conviction: no
Sentence: [ ]

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