Ranlo Police Officer Charged With Murder Is Fired

(Update: 1/10/23)

RANLO, N.C. — The Town of Ranlo has fired Kwaku Agyapon from his position as police officer effective Tuesday, January 10, 2023.  The town manager and police chief hand delivered the notice of termination to the Cleveland County Jail where Agyapon is currently being held on a charge of 1st degree murder.

RANLO, N.C. — A Ranlo Police Officer is behind bars without bond charged in a murder that happened New Year’s day.  According to search warrants, Officer Kwaku Agyapon investigated a domestic violence case where that deadly shooting happened back in November.

And according to search warrants, the officer returned to the home on Sunday, while he was off duty.

It happened at a home on Burlington Avenue in Gastonia.  Investigators say they were called to the home around 2:15 am on January first and found Agyapon suffering from stab wounds.  The homeowner, Juan Avalo, had been shot.  He later died at the hospital.

According to search warrants, the officer and Avalo got into a fight after Avalo found out the officer had been communicating with his girlfriend, months after Agyapon investigated a domestic violence incident at their home.  Wednesday, Agyapon was released from the hospital and appeared in court on first degree murder charges.  He remains behind bars in Cleveland County without bond.

The officer has worked with Ranlo Police for over four months.

The family of Juan Avalo created a Gofundme account to help the family with funeral arrangements.  If you’d like to help, click on the link below.



RANLO, N.C. — A Ranlo Police Officer is facing a first-degree murder charge for his actions on New Year’s Day.

The Ranlo Police Department was called out around 2:15 AM on Burlington Avenue. That’s where responding officers found off-duty Ranlo Officer, Kwaku Riley Agyapon, stabbed multiple times.

The Ranlo Police Department says Officer Agyapon was involved in a domestic dispute and that he fired his gun, killing the stabbing suspect.

Agyapon was taken to the hospital for his injuries. He will be arrested for murder once he is discharged.

Agyapon is now on unpaid administrative leave.

The name of the victim has not been released.

The SBI has taken over the investigation. We reached out to the SBI for more information on the case, we have not heard back.