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Trooper Charles Frank Noble | Washington State Patrol, Washington Washington State Patrol, Washington

Trooper

Charles Frank Noble

Washington State Patrol, Washington

End of Watch: Saturday, February 5, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # 382

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/5/1972

Weapon: Handgun; .357 caliber

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Trooper Charles Noble was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle for speeding near Zillah, Washington.

Unbeknownst to Trooper Noble, the driver was out of prison on a furlough and had just committed an armed robbery. As Trooper Noble returned to his patrol car, the suspect opened fire with a .357 caliber handgun, striking Trooper Noble in the elbow and knocked him down. The suspect then shot Trooper Noble in the head execution style. The suspect fled but was turned in by the vehicle's passenger the following morning.

The suspect, serving a sentence for a 1970 car theft, pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to life on March 3, 1973.

Trooper Noble was survived by his wife and six children.

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My Grandfather James R. Davison (#589) Washington State Patrol was first on scene after a criminal took your life. Your grave in Zillah is always visited by the family. You are not forgotten sir.

T. Davison
Spokane Police Department
July 28, 2014

 

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