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Anthony Stancil, 35 years old, an eight year veteran of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department, and a former Marine, died Tuesday, September 29, 1998. Captain Stancil, who was filling in at the last minute for a fellow deputy working off-duty as a security officer at the Harris Teeter on W.T. Harris Boulevard, was shot and killed in the parking lot of the supermarket during a confrontation with a shoplifting suspect.

After a nine-hour manhunt composed of officers from across the region, as well as South Carolina, 23 year old, Samuel Emmanuel Mahatha, was arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of  Captain Anthony Stancil.

More than 1,500 people came to show their respects to Stancil at the memorial service conducted by Dr. Paul W. Drummond, pastor of St. Paul's Baptist Church. He was laid to rest at Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery.

Television stations, after broadcasting the news of Stancil's murder, were swamped with phone calls from viewers asking how they could help his family. Ace and T. J. of WNKS-FM kicked off an impromptu fund drive for the family of Captain Stancil. More than $160,000 as well as toys and gift certificates were sent to the radio station. In total over one-half million dollars consisting of scholarships and donations were raised for the Anthony Stancil Memorial Fund, established by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department.

Captain Anthony Stancil leaves behind to treasure his memory, his wife Stephanie and their three children; the youngest, Antoinette, born 140 days after his death, was named in his memory.

 

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