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Patrolman Charles Sauer | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


Charles Sauer

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Sunday, October 20, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: Not available

Badge # 5803

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Charged with murder

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Patrolman Charles Sauer was shot and killed when he and a sergeant interrupted a robbery of a barber shop.

Patrolman Sauer was on foot patrol in Brooklyn and returning to the station house at the end of his tour when a man approached him told him that a barer shop, located at 59 Summit Street, was being robbed. Patrolman Sauer alerted a Sergeant who was passing in a patrol car and the two responded to the location. They attempted to enter the location through the front door, but it was locked. The officers then entered the building where the shop was located and kicked down the rear door to the shop. When they entered, the officers encountered three suspects holding three victims at gunpoint. One suspect ran toward a window, but was shot and wounded by the Sergeant. A second suspect was tackled by the Sergeant before he could fire his weapon. The third suspect fled out of the back door of the location, where he encountered Patrolman Sauer. The suspect opened fire, striking Patrolman Sauer in the head. The suspect then fled the location. He was apprehended a short time later.

Patrolman Sauer was transported to Cumberland Hospital where he died from his wound. All three suspects were taken into custody and charged with murder.

Patrolman Sauer was assigned to the Hamilton Avenue Station (76th Precinct). He was survived by his wife.

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Lt. Jim Russo
October 20, 2017


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