On the evening of April 7, 1974, Lieutenant Larry Vernon Barger responded to a call at a residence three miles south of Mooresville on Highway 115. Lt. Barger, a twelve-year veteran of the Mooresville Police Department, was acquainted with the residents and had been called at home and asked to come speak with one of the residents, James Cecil Jones.
Lt. Barger was sitting in the kitchen talking with Mr. and Mrs. Jones in an attempt to settle a domestic argument when Mr. Jones shot him in the back with a hunting rifle. The shooting occurred at approximately 11:35 p.m.
During the following three months, Lt. Barger underwent several major operations to combat infection and repair the damage inflicted by the high-velocity round. He died at 11 a.m. on July 13, 1974. Lt. Barger was 36 years old.
Born in Rowan County on May 26, 1938, Lt. Barger was the son of B.W. and Laura Hess Barger of Mooresville. He was married to Carol (Knott) Barger and had two children, Larry Vernon, Jr. and Dana Carol. Lt. Barger had served honorably in the U.S. Navy and joined the Mooresville Police Department on September 19, 1961.