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Patrolman Earl Charles Osburn Police Department, Idaho


Earl Charles "Chuck" Ashton

Osburn Police Department, Idaho

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 17, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .30-.30

Offender: Sentenced to 25 years

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Patrolman Chuck Ashton was shot and killed after stopping the driver of a vehicle for traveling the wrong way on I-90. He requested backup from the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office before approaching the vehicle.

Immediately when he approached the suspect's window, the man pointed a .30-.30 rifle at him and opened fire. The round struck Patrolman Ashton in the neck, just above his vest, as he attempted to push the barrel of the gun away.

The responding deputy located Patrolman Ashton in front of his patrol car. Neighboring agencies were notified and initiated a massive manhunt. The suspect was located the following morning after a vehicle pursuit in Kootenai County.

The man was convicted of Patrolman Ashton's murder and sentenced to death, however, the sentence was overturned by a Supreme Court ruling and he received 25 years in prison.

Patrolman Ashton had served with the agency for 6 months. He is survived by his wife and child.

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He was my grandfather. i never got to know him but i am the daughter of his only daughter. He has inspired me. I really wish i got to know him.

Delaney Rudd
October 6, 2016


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