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Patrolman Charles Alvin Snider | Charleston Police Department, South Carolina Charleston Police Department, South Carolina


Charles Alvin Snider

Charleston Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, March 2, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Charles Snider was killed with his own service revolver while attempting to arrest a shoplifting suspect in a George Street parking lot behind the Gloria Theater.

The manager of Kress and Co. at 281 King Street said a man walked out of the store with stolen earrings and hair grease, valued at less than $15, just after 5:00 pm. The manager attempted to apprehend the man in the parking lot. The suspect pulled off his red turtleneck sweater and challenged the manager.

A bystander notified Patrolman Snider, who regularly worked the King Street beat. Patrolman Snider then attempted to arrest the man. The suspect wrestled Patrolman Snider’s gun away and shot him at point blank range in the head and in the right leg at about 5:20 pm.

The suspect kept the pistol and ran from the parking lot with his two companions. Three suspects were arrested after a 27-hour manhunt by police.

Patrolman Snider's killer pleaded guilty of first degree murder and was sentenced to life on April 4, 1980.

Patrolman Snider was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam War. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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Patrolman Snider,
On today, the 36th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the U.S. Army. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
March 2, 2015


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