Patrol Officer Edmond N. Cannon

Patrol Officer Edmond N. Cannon

Charlotte Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, November 23, 1981

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Edmond N. Cannon

Officer Edmond Cannon was shot and killed after surprising robbery suspects. He had just pulled into a convenience store parking lot and was met by an armed robber who was fleeing the store. The man opened fire on him, striking him five times.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on June 30, 1982. He died in prison December 27, 1988.

Officer Cannon had served with the agency for four years. He was the first black Charlotte Police Officer killed in the line of duty. He was survived by his son.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in prison

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While officers across the state were still reeling from the shock of losing Hendersonville Officer Dennie Enevold in the early morning hours of Sunday, we were punched again on Monday night as word spread of your murder. I was on duty several counties away the night you were killed and I remember just sitting in my car Tuesday morning at the end of the shift, reflecting on how much things can change in just the span of a night. You taught me not to park in front of convenience store windows and to always pause and look the store over from the outside, before going in, regardless if it was in response to a call or merely taking a break. Because of you, the times I had to go in to check on a non-visible clerk, I always went in anticipating an armed encounter. Fortunately, they were always "stocking" the cooler, but the lessons you purchased for the rest of us with your life was never lost on me, and I passed them on to every officer I trained. I never knew you but I was a better officer because of you. I wonder how many of us you saved. I hope where you are you somehow know the answer to that. I also hope you know that 41 years later, you are still remembered, and still missed.

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November 23, 2022

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