Stephen Carr memorial statue unveiled at new headquarters in Fayetteville

Officers unveil a bronze sculpture of Stephen Carr outside the Fayetteville Police Department on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023. (Fayetteville Police Department)

FAYETTEVILLE — The Police Department’s new headquarters now includes a memorial honoring an officer who was killed while on duty nearly four years ago.

Officials this week unveiled a bronze sculpture of Stephen Carr, who died in 2019 after being shot behind the downtown police station.

Carr, 27, was about to begin a patrol of the Dickson Street area when a man walked up and shot bullets into Carr’s police vehicle. Officers who heard the shots followed the gunman into an alley where they shot and killed him.

The new sculpture of Carr is based on a photo that shows him comforting an abandoned dog who was left tied to a bench on Dickson Street. Carr later adopted the dog and named it “Red.”

The sculpture is one of several ways the city and department have sought to memorialize Carr.

A stretch of the street where the new headquarters facility is located was renamed from Porter Road to Stephen Carr Memorial Boulevard. Carr’s name is also included on a stone memorial along with the names of three other fallen officers outside the headquarters.

(Fayetteville Police Department)

During Carr’s funeral, Police Chief Mike Reynolds promised the officer would forever be remembered in Fayetteville.

“As police chief, I make this vow,” Reynolds said at the time. “Stephen Carr, badge number 413, will not be forgotten.”

The sculpture was created by Brodin Studios with help from a group of donors, according to a social media post from the department. The unveiling ceremony was attended by Carr’s family and friends along with other officers and donors who contributed to the memorial fund.

The new 82,630-square-foot police headquarters, which opened earlier this year, includes a gated area for patrol vehicles to keep officers safe during shift changes.

Stephen Carr Memorial Boulevard sign on Interstate 49 (Todd Gill/Fayetteville Flyer)