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Officer Charles Robert Blackstock | Asheville Police Department, North Carolina Asheville Police Department, North Carolina

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Charles Robert Blackstock

Asheville Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Tuesday, November 13, 1906

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Charles Blackstock was shot and killed after responding to a call of a man with a rifle who had threatened to kill another man. As he and another officer approached the suspect's house, the suspect opened fire with the rifle and struck Officer Blackstock in the chest and the other officer in the arm.

The suspect left the home shooting at everyone he saw. He had killed three citizens when Officer Bailey located the suspect and attempted to take cover behind a utility pole. The suspect's shot went through the pole and struck Officer Bailey in the head.

The man fled but the Governor of North Carolina mobilized the local National Guard company to assist in the search for the killer. The city organized a posse to pursue the suspect and was loaned rifles from Finkelsteins pawn shop downtown. The killer was tracked down and was shot and killed in a shootout with posse members two days later when they trapped him in a swamp outside Asheville.

At the time of the two officers' murders, the city of Asheville did not issue firearms to officers. As a result of the murders of Officers Blackstock and Bailey, the City of Asheville began purchasing each officer a .32 caliber revolver with a box of cartridges.

It was later discovered that the suspect was Will Harris, one of North Carolina's most notorious outlaws. He had escaped from two different chain gangs and had rescently escaped from the state penitentiary in Raleigh where he was serving a sentence for killing a man because he refused to share his whiskey with him. There was a book written about him entitled "The Will Harris Murders", by Bob Terrell.

Officer Blackstock was survived by his wife and child.

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Officer James William Bailey
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End of Watch: Tuesday, November 13, 1906
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 103rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state and the birthplace of my son. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

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Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
November 13, 2009

 

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