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Hero Down: Warren County Detention Officer Roy Carter Dies After Medical Emergency At Grocery Store

Durham, NC – Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Detention Officer Roy Eugene Carter died on Dec. 3 after suffering a medical emergency at a grocery store several days prior.

The 34-year-old detention officer was shopping at the Food Lion in Norlina at approximately 6:48 p.m. on Nov. 28 when the medical emergency struck, The Warren Record reported.

Someone placed a call to the Warrant County 911 Center, resulting in emergency medical personnel being dispatched to the store.

Detention Officer Carter was rushed to Maria Parham Health by ambulance and was subsequently transferred to Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, The Warren Record reported.

The exact nature of his medical emergency was not immediately released.

Detention Officer Carter was removed from life support on Dec. 3, The Warren Record reported.

He passed away at the hospital shortly after 7 p.m. that night.

The WCSO confirmed the young detention officer’s death in a press release a short while later.

“The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is saddened to announce the passing of Roy Carter Jr.,” the department said. “Up until his passing, Officer Carter worked at the Warren County Detention Center.”

Detention Officer Carter joined the WCSO in August of 2011, according to The Warren Record.

“He will be surely missed, and we ask that you keep his family, friends and coworkers in your thoughts and prayers,” the sheriff’s office said.

Detention Officer Carter leaves behind his “special love,” Tiaira Southerland, and their son, Quincy, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his parents, grandfather, godparents, cousins, uncles, aunts, great aunt, coworkers, and many friends and extended family members.

Detention Officer Carter was laid to rest on Dec. 10.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Warren County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officer Roy Eugene Carter, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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