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Patrolman Charles M. Ross | Richmond Police Department, California Richmond Police Department, California

Patrolman

Charles M. Ross

Richmond Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, February 9, 1964

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 5 years to life

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Patrolman Ross was shot to death with his own service weapon during a scuffle with two 19 year old youths he was attempting to arrest for public drunkenness on Bissell Avenue.

Both suspects were convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 5 years to life on July 23, 1964.

Patrolman Ross was survived by his wife and two children.

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Today is the 51 year anniversary of your "end of watch". I think a lot about that day of February 9, 1964. Not just because of the incident that caused your passing, although personally that incident impacted my family forever. But that day also impacted the world forever, although most of us don't really understand what happened to all of us that day. History knows that day as the day the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. It's called the British Invasion or the Beatles Invasion. Most people would probably say that these two incidents have nothing to do with each other. I would like to say that it isn't a coincidence that the B and the I are the 2nd and ninth letters in the alphabet and this date of feb. 9th is the 2nd month and the 9th day of the year or that your passing occurred on 9th & Bissell on the side of a church adorned with 3 crosses, or your name spells C.ROSS, or that the newspaper says you called into dispatch at 31 seconds past midnight, which was also your age (31)according to the Oakland Tribunes account. What I'm trying to say is that these and many more of the facts surrounding these events are not just coincidences. There are other forces involved that are just not understood by most. But they are real and we must wake up before its too late! These evil 1's control many things in this world, but one thing they can never control unless you allow them to, and that is your Soul, which is eternal and which I'm sure you found out just after 12:34 am on that February 9th 1964 when you were set free in Heaven! . . . . How fitting since your name Charles indeed means "free man". . . . This reflection is from an old admirer from the "good side of all men!" . . . R.I.P. Sir . . . Johnny From Richmond!. . . .

Johnny Lobato
February 10, 2015

 

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