Fallen Investigator Sam Poloche to be Laid to Rest in Charlotte

Investigator Sam Poloche, one of four officers killed in an ambush in east Charlotte, will be laid to rest on May 13, 2024. A Celebration of Life and procession will be held to honor his life of service and sacrifice.

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Fallen Investigator Sam Poloche to be Laid to Rest in Charlotte

Fallen Investigator Sam Poloche to be Laid to Rest in Charlotte

Investigator Sam Poloche, one of the four officers killed in a tragic ambush in east Charlotte two weeks ago, will be laid to rest on Monday, May 13, 2024. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Uptown Charlotte, followed by a procession to Lakeland Memorial Park in Monroe.

Why this matters: The tragic loss of Investigator Poloche and three other law enforcement officers highlights the risks and sacrifices made by those who serve to protect their communities. This incident also underscores the need for continued support and resources for law enforcement agencies to ensure their safety and effectiveness.

The memorial service will be private to the media but open to the public. Community members are invited to line the route down Independence Boulevard starting at 301 S. Davidson Street in Charlotte to pay their respects as the procession makes its way to Monroe. Traffic on US-74 may be impacted during this time.

Poloche, 42, was killed on April 29 during a shootout when a US Marshals Task Force Unit attempted to serve a warrant on Terry Hughes, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Cielo, and two sons, ages 18 and 21, with one graduating from high school and the other from college in the next few weeks. Governor Roy Cooper is expected to attend the service to honor the fallen officer.

Born in Venezuela, Poloche moved to Florida with his family before dedicating his life to public service. He worked with the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction for 14 years, most recently serving as an investigator and a full-time member of the U.S. Marshals Carolinas Regional Task Force.

Poloche was one of four law enforcement members killed in the line of duty on that fateful day, including CMPD Officer Joshua Eyer, Deputy US Marshal Thomas Weeks, and NCDOT Investigator William 'Alden' Elliott. The fallen officers have been honored with tributes, including a visit by President Biden with their families. Governor Cooper described them as "heroes who will not be forgotten," saying, "This loss is profound."

The Charlotte community mourns the loss of these brave officers and stands in solidarity with their families during this difficult time. Investigator Sam Poloche's life of service and sacrifice will be remembered as he is laid to rest, surrounded by the love and gratitude of those he served to protect.

Key Takeaways

  • Investigator Sam Poloche's funeral is on May 13, 2024, at First Baptist Church in Uptown Charlotte.
  • Poloche, 42, was killed in an ambush on April 29 while serving a warrant with a US Marshals Task Force Unit.
  • He is survived by his wife and two sons, ages 18 and 21, and was a 14-year veteran of the NC Department of Adult Correction.
  • Poloche was one of four law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty that day, including CMPD Officer Joshua Eyer and two others.
  • A procession will follow the funeral, and community members are invited to line the route to pay their respects.