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Sheriff Charles Henry Oglesby | Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, Indiana Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

Sheriff

Charles Henry Oglesby

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Saturday, October 5, 1907

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 10 months

Badge # 66-1

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sheriff Charles Oglesby was shot and killed while attempting to arrest three men stealing a ride on a Pennsylvania Railroad freight train. Sheriff Oglesby was requested to assist the engineer in removing three hobos from the train. The engineer had found them during a stop in Star City and ordered them off, but they refused. Unbeknownst to the sheriff, the three men were not hobos, but actually a gang of safe-crackers who had recently burglarized the Marsh store in Burnettsville in White County.

As Sheriff Oglesby approached, one of the three suspects ran from the train, up the railroad tracks north from Pearl Street in Winamac. The other two suspects stood their ground. Both men fired shots at Sheriff Oglesby and the sheriff returned fire. The second suspect attempted to run from the scene and was hit below the left shoulder by one of Sheriff Oglesby's bullets as he climbed a fence. The third suspect fired again at the sheriff, this time hitting him in the chest, however, before he could escape he was shot in the abdominal area by Sheriff Oglesby.

Sheriff Oglesby was taken to his home where he died several hours later in the company of his family. A posse was quickly deputized and set out after the bandits. Two suspects were found wounded in a cornfield just north of Winamac and surrendered without incident. The third suspect was captured along the railroad tracks north of Winamac.

The suspect that was wounded by Sheriff Oglesby later died of his wounds. The other two suspects were sentenced to prison.

Sheriff Oglesby had served with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department for only 10 months. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 106th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
September 16, 2013

 

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