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Police Officer Lawrence Ray Noblitt | Conway Police Department, Arkansas Conway Police Department, Arkansas

Police Officer

Lawrence Ray Noblitt

Conway Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Monday, November 7, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 22

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Offender: Paroled in 2004

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Police Officer Lawrence Noblitt was shot and killed while on patrol.

Officer Noblitt saw a man hooking up to a flatbed trailer and advised the radio dispatcher that he would be investigating. During the investigation he was shot five times at point-blank range. Although mortally wounded, he chased the suspect approximately 50-feet before collapsing. A passing civilian called for help over Officer Noblitt's police radio.

It was later discovered that Officer Noblitt's killer was involved in a criminal conspiracy to commit theft and robbery with the help of two other Conway police officers. Those officers were also arrested. The shooter was originally sentenced to death but had the sentence overturned on a technicality. He was eventually sentenced to a total of 36 years in state prison for the theft and murder. He was paroled from state prison in June 2004 but was transferred to federal prison to begin a 20-year federal sentence for unrelated narcotics violations.

Officer Noblitt had been a member of the Conway Police Departmentfor 10 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

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I served with Ray Noblitt with the 4154th US Army Reserve Forces School. I got to know him and admired him. I also worked with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office and was sent to pick up a prisoner in Conway. Officer Ray Noblitt met me and released this prisoner to me. This was days before he was killed and I was 28 years old. I am 56 years old now and it still bothers me. God bless his family!

David Samons
Dassault Falcon Jet Security Dept.
September 9, 2016


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