Killing of Willie Belton Shuford in North Carolina in 1949


Case summary

Willie Belton Shuford, 40, a farmer, was killed in 1949 by police officer Paul Chaulk in Wake County, North Carolina. Chaulk and constable J.M. Merritt were answering a call by George Carlton, who had told police that Shuford had fired a gun at him. The officers found Shuford, who had one leg and walked with a crutch, along the side of the road, and said that Shuford was aiming a shotgun at them. They knocked him into a ditch with their car, and when they approached him on foot, they said he again aimed a gun at them. Chaulk then fatally shot him.


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Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1949-10-18
Location: Rolesville, Wake County, North Carolina
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: aiming a shotgun at the police; firing a shotgun at another person earlier

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