Chief of Police Robert E. Nolen

Chief of Police Robert E. Nolen

Lebanon Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, March 6, 1916

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Robert E. Nolen

Chief Robert Nolen succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day when he and an officer attempted to arrest man wanted for bootlegging.

The officers located the man at his home and informed him he was under arrest. The man was granted permission to get his hat before being taken from the home. When the man failed to return to the door, the officers entered and were confronted by the man with a gun. The suspect immediately opened fire, striking Chief Nolen in the arm and abdomen. The other officer returned fire and wounded the suspect. Chief Nolen was immediately taken to a doctor's office where he underwent surgery before succumbing to his wounds.

A few hours later an angry mob seized the supect from the jail and hanged him.

Chief Nolen was survived by his wife.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, March 5, 1916
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Lynched

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 96th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 6, 2012

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