Corporal John Novabilski

Corporal John Novabilski

Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Wednesday, April 26, 1995

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John Novabilski

Corporal John Novabilski was shot and killed while working an overtime assignment at a liquor store in the 7200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Highway. He was sitting in his patrol car at approximately 2:30 am when he was ambushed and shot 11 times, in a completely unprovoked attack. The suspect then stole Corporal Novabilski's service weapon.

The weapon was later used to murder FBI Special Agent William Christian in the same type of ambush style attack on May 29, 1995. After shooting Agent Christian the suspect was shot and killed by other agents on the scene.

Corporal Novabilski had served with the Prince George's County Police Department for four years and he had previously served with the Baltimore Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife, parents, and brother.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 1476

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Mac-11
  • Offender Shot and killed

ambush, overtime

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Hey John It's Brandon... I know we havent ment but to me weve met in different ways. I wish I could of meet you. My dad always talks about you and tells me how strong you were and how you could walk through the valley of shadow and death, and that you will fear no evil. He also says your were a funny perso. Im pretty funny myself, hopefully someday I can crack jokes with you in heaven. We recenlty lost Grandpa and I hope he is with you guys. I miss him and think of him everyday.

My birthday is tomorrow Uncle John, Im turning 17 years old! Im still a goalie.
I have many citism thrown at me and adversity but I will not give up.

Ill speak to you again Uncle,

I love you

Brandon Novabilski

Brandon N

December 1, 2021

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