Police Officer John Thomas Burnette

Police Officer John Thomas Burnette

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, October 5, 1993

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John Thomas Burnette

Officer John Burnette and Officer Anthony Nobles were shot and killed after a foot chase with a suspect.

The officers had stopped a suspicious van in an apartment complex. The suspect fled on foot into the woods surrounding the complex. When the officers entered the woods, the suspect attacked them and was able to disarm Officer Burnette. He then shot both officers.

The officers were transported to Carolinas Medical Center by responding officers, where both were pronounced dead on arrival.

The suspect was arrested nearby after a brief manhunt involving over 700 officers from various local, state, and federal agencies in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was later convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to death.

Officer Burnette had served with the agency for two and a half years. He is survived by his mother, stepfather, and sister.

The city of Charlotte named a park and two streets in honor of Officer Burnette and Officer Nobles.

Bio

  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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John I can’t believe it has been that long since you left us. I knew you when you were a little boy playing with my brother. You, my brother and another friend grew up to be great friends. I always thought of you guys as the 3 Musketeers. I still get tiered up when I think about that night and the days to follow. Our family loved you like you were our own. Now as my son n law puts on that uniform each day it makes me worry about his and others safety. I pray that at the end of his and every other CMPD officers, all the other Law efforcement officers and First responders returns home to his family. RIP John

Tina
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July 2, 2019

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