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Deputy Sheriff Charles Ernest Adams | McLean County Sheriff's Department, Illinois McLean County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

Deputy Sheriff

Charles Ernest Adams

McLean County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Friday, April 7, 1933

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/29/1933

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Charles Adams succumbed to wounds he suffered nine days earlier after being shot while attempting to serve an arrest warrant.

Deputy Adams and a DeWitt County deputy went to a grocery store at 1410 South Main Street in Normal at 8:30 am to arrest a subject on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and for the robbery of a restaurant in Clinton in DeWitt County. The subject had recently eloped with the grocery store owner's 16-year-old daughter to Indiana to marry her and attempted to see his wife at the store the night before, causing her father to seek the warrant.

After the other deputy handcuffed the suspect, retrieving one weapon, Deputy Adams took custody of him and telephoned the sheriff. The suspect produced a second pistol from his sleeve and shot Deputy Adams once in the back and three times in his leg. As the store owner attempted to gain control over the suspect's weapon, he was shot multiple times in the hand before the other deputy was able to shoot the suspect in the head and chest.

Deputy Adams was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Bloomington where he succumbed to his wounds nine days later after developing septic pneumonia.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Adams had served with the McLean County Sheriff's Department for 1½ years and had previously served as an Empire Township deputy and the LeRoy town marshal. He was survived by his wife, three daughters, parents, two sisters and five brothers.

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Deputy Adams' story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 3-26-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
March 26, 2017


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