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Police Officer Charles E. McDougald | Buffalo Police Department, New York Buffalo Police Department, New York

Police Officer

Charles E. McDougald

Buffalo Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 9, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 2778

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Charles McDougald and another officer were shot at approximately 0045 hours after approaching a suspicious person who may have been stripping a car.

As the officers approached, the suspect turned and fired at them. Officer McDougald was struck in the chest and died a short time later at the hospital. He was not wearing a vest at the time of the shooting.

The 18 year-old suspect, who had a previous history of violent crimes, was found guilty of murder of a police officer and attempted murder of a police officer and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Officer McDougald had served with the Buffalo Police Department for 8 years and was assigned to Precinct 12. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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