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Patrolman Charles A. Skeen | Middletown Police Department, Ohio Middletown Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman

Charles A. Skeen

Middletown Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, April 10, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 1 year, 2 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Shot and wounded

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Patrolman Charles Skeen was shot and killed as he and another officer responded to a call at a home on Sevententh Avenue.

As he stepped onto the porch, a suspect inside opened fire, striking him and almost instantly killing him.

The other officer, who had gone around to the back of the home, immediately ran to Patrolman Skeen's aid as other officers were called to the scene. One of the responding officers exchanged shots with the suspect and then chased him into a neighbor's yard, where the officer and the suspect were both shot and wounded. The suspect was then taken into custody.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on July 29, 1926.

Patrolman Skeen had served with the Middletown Police Department for 14 months. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 86th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 10, 2012

 

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