Officials honor slain Winston-Salem police sergeant

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Sergeant Howard Plouff (ODMP)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police in Winston-Salem will wear black bands over their badges Thursday in honor of a city sergeant killed five years today.

A memorial for Howard Plouff is currently taking place in downtown Winston-Salem and the Honor Guard is standing outside the police memorial in his honor.

Plouff was fatally shot outside a bar after responding to a fight in progress around 2 a.m. Feb. 23, 2007.

He was pronounced dead about 21 hours later after being taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Plouff’s killer was arrested four days later and charged with first degree murder. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Plouff was a member of the Winston-Salem Police Department for 17 years. He was married and had two daughters.

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