QUEEN CITY NEWS/CHARLOTTE, N.C. — According to Police Chief Johnny Jennings, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer died at her home early Monday.
Angela Starnes was previously assigned to the homicide squad of the CMPD. Starnes’ death is still unknown, but Chief Jennings said in a tweet that it came as a shock. “I am heartbroken to discover CMPD Officer Angela Starnes passed away unexpectedly at her home today,” Chief Jennings said in a tweet. “Please keep Ofc. Starnes’ family in your thoughts and prayers as they navigate this difficult time.”
Starnes was well-known for her warmth and friendliness. Starnes was featured in Queen City News for an act of kindness she performed in 2018 when she helped a stranded construction worker obtain supper and a ride back to his family in Fayetteville during a winter storm. Starnes assumed the man was homeless at the time and wanted to repay him after she and her small children had been forced to flee their house due to a fire.
Her obituary indicated that Starnes was born in Rock Hill. She attended Ashbrook High School in Gaston County and graduated in 1991. Gaston College and Belmont Abbey College were two of her colleges. With a 4.0 GPA, Starnes graduated from Columbia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration.
Become a Police Officer
She joined the Belmont Abbey College Police Department in 2003 after being sworn in as an officer. Starnes went on to work for the Belmont Police Department and the Charlotte Area Transit System later in his career. She began working for the CMPD in 2012 and was promoted to detective in the Homicide Unit in June of this year.
Belmont Abbey Cathedral in Belmont will host a memorial ceremony at 3 p.m. on May 28. Friends are invited to visit the family at Greene Funeral Service’s South Chapel in Gastonia on May 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. Donations to the National Alliance for Grieving Children – New York may be sent in lieu of flowers.
Her Death Was Not Given an Official Cause of Death
“Anyone who knew her or worked with her knows her generosity and good nature will be sorely missed,” CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings said later that day in a statement to WBTV. “Please keep Ofc. Starnes’ family is in your prayers as they deal with this tough situation.”
According to her obituary, Det. Starnes graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Columbia Southern University before becoming a sworn cop in 2003.
Prior to joining the Charlotte Metropolitan Police Department in 2012, she worked for the Belmont Abbey College Police Department, the City of Belmont Police Department, and Charlotte Area Transit. According to her obituary, Det. Starnes got her “dream job” as a detective with the CMPD Homicide Unit in June of 2019.
“She was acknowledged for her acts of kindness to citizens she encountered countless times during her career in law enforcement,” the memorial stated. According to The Charlotte Observer, she was chosen Officer of the Month in April 2018 after buying a bus ticket and a lunch for a stranger trapped at Charlotte Douglas International Airport during a blizzard. Det. Starnes is survived by her fiancé, Jeff, and her daughters, Ashli and Megan, as well as her stepdaughter, Sydnie, and three grandkids.
Her brothers, stepsiblings, uncle, aunt, nieces, and nephews, as well as numerous acquaintances and extended family members, survive her. On May 28, Det. Starnes will be buried.
ANGELA STARNES’ BACKGROUND INFORMATION Starnes joined the Belmont Abbey College Police Department, the Belmont Police Department, and the Charlotte Area Transit System as a police officer in 2003, according to her obituary. According to her obituary, she began working for CMPD in 2012 and progressed from patrol officer to “her ideal job” as a murder detective in June 2019. Starnes, who went by the nickname “GiGi,” “liked spending time with her grand grandchildren and her canine niece,” according to her obituary by Kitty Pasour. According to Pasour, Starnes “liked” to travel, particularly to the beach. According to Queen City News, the Charlotte Metropolitan Police Department named Starnes Officer of the Month in April 2018 after she went out of her way to buy lunch and a bus ticket for a stranger stranded at Charlotte Douglas International Airport during a snowfall. According to the Gaston Gazette, Starnes was born in Rock Hill and raised in Gastonia before graduating from Ashbrook High School in 1991. Shane, her husband, worked for 25 years as a CMPD officer and as the police chief at Belmont Abbey College in Gaston County. Following a diagnosis of stage 4 melanoma, he died in July 2014. According to the obituary, Angela Starnes leaves behind her fiancé, Jeff Palmer, two daughters, a stepdaughter, three grandchildren, and other relatives.
Angela Starnes Was a Woman Who Was Well-Known in Her Time
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