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Police Officer John Thomas Burnette | Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, North Carolina Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, North Carolina

Police Officer

John Thomas Burnette

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 5, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 2 years, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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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.

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Police Officer Anthony A. Nobles
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, North Carolina
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 5, 1993
Cause: Gunfire

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Officer Burnette. You may be forgotten by most. Someone else will take your spot. You took an oath that many never will. Your ultimate sacrifice will be remembered by your brothers and sisters in blue that remain behind. In spite of all that is said and done, remember that you ended your watch on earth but you need to start it at the gates of heaven because your watch never ends. When I leave this earth, I will join you up there brother. God bless you.

Patrol Officer Rodrigo Ruiz
Laredo Police Dept. Laredo, Texas
December 8, 2016

 

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