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Officer Charles H. Bates | San Francisco Police Department, California San Francisco Police Department, California


Charles H. Bates

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch: Friday, July 26, 1912

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/16/1912

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Not available

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Officer Charles Bates was shot and killed in an attempted hold-up at the intersection of 16th Street and Shotwell Street shortly before midnight.

He had just completed his shift, had changed into civilian clothes, and was walking home when he was approached by a man who attempted to rob him. He was shot once in the chest as he took action to attempt to stop the robbery.

He was transported to Central Emergency Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Bates had served with the San Francisco Police Department for five years and was assigned to the Mission Street Station. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Charles H. Bates would have been my ex-husband's grandfather, had he not been killed. I do not have a photo of him in uniform, although I have a scan of a family album page with him, his wife Grace, and his sons, who were both very young when he was killed. Charles' son's mother died, and their grandmother passed on before the boys graduated from Mission High School. While in H.S., they supported themselves by each working two 12-hour shifts on the weekend for the Call Bulletin.

January 5, 2016


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