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Special Officer Charles Sherman Patterson | Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Officer

Charles Sherman Patterson

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Monday, August 29, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Location: Arizona

Incident Date: 8/28/1921

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Special Officer Charles Patterson was accidentally shot and killed in Prescott, Arizona, when his service weapon fell from its holster and discharged. He was chasing a hobo when the accident occurred. He died from his wound the following day.

Officer Patterson had served in law enforcement for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Special Officer Patterson, your death while in the line of duty is tragic, plain and simple. Had the hobo not run, you would not have given chase. Had you not give chase, the terrible accident would never have occurred. It happens. We can only hope that the hobo learned something from the event and if not convicted of a crime, found natural history elsewhere.

You are a hero and may God Bless you and may your extended and eternal rest be peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
August 29, 2015

 

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