Police Officer Charles E. McDougald

Police Officer Charles E. McDougald

Buffalo Police Department, New York

End of Watch Wednesday, April 9, 1997

Charles E. McDougald

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.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 2778

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Dear Skip.
I remember meeting you in high school and falling in love with you. You was so different from all the other boys cause you had goals and plans of someday becoming a lawyer. You inspired me to go to college and I did but time and distance separated us. I remember coming to visit you twice in Buffalo while you was still in college and then you coming to visit me in Sanford NC when I moved there. Even though we lived hundreds of miles away, each time we would visit seemed like we never parted. I still love you to this day although you have been gone for over 20 years now. My heart goes out to your family and all that love and miss you. You will always be my high school sweetheart and I will never forget you. RIP my love. I know we will meet again.

Teresa Gaines
Your ex girlfriend

August 12, 2017

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