Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 9 years
Badge # 240
Cause: Aircraft accident
Officer Charles (Joey) Bohlender and Officer Jeff Howey were killed at 0200 hours when their helicopter crashed while they were assisting ground officers during a burglary alarm at a home improvement store.
As the ground officers were inside searching the building, Officer Bohlender, the flight observer, and Officer Howey were circling overhead when the helicopter suddenly went into a spiral and crashed into an adjacent field, bursting into flames. The helicopter, a 1994 Schweizer 300 C, had approximately 5,600 hours of flying time.
Officer Bohlender had served with the Topeka Police Department for 9 years. He is survived by his wife, 4-year-old daughter, and 5-year-old son.
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Police Officer Jeff William Howey