Police Officer Anthony A. Nobles

Police Officer Anthony A. Nobles

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, October 5, 1993

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Anthony A. Nobles

Officer Anthony Nobles and Officer John T. Burnette 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 32-year-old 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 Nobles had been employed with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for 4 years. He is survived by his parents and two brothers.

The city of Charlotte named a park and two streets in honor of Officer Burnette and Officer Nobles.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

foot pursuit, suspicious vehicle

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Unbelievably, it has been 30 years ago tonight since your "incident". I say "incident" in that other descriptors such as "loss", "death" or "murder", somehow don't seem applicable, for as long as the example you and John Burnette set in your fidelity to service is carried by the rest of us, a piece of the two of you continues to contribute. I do mourn the cost you paid regarding your future, and on nights such as this, wonder what you could have accomplished in both your personal and professional life during these past 30 years. And I mourn all the things you aspired to do but were cheated out of, 30 years ago tonight. I trust you know how much you and your contributions mattered to Charlotte and to our profession, and I pray you know that after 30 years, you and your life still matter.

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October 5, 2023

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