Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 30 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Shot and killed
Special Officer Charles Linton was shot and killed during a robbery of a Federal Reserve Bank truck in front of the United States Mint in Denver, Colorado. As Officer Linton and other employees transferred the money from the Mint into a truck a vehicle pulled alongside them.
An occupant of the vehicle announced a holdup and immediately opened fire, striking Officer Linton in the abdomen as he attempted to lock the money in the truck's safe.
An alarm was sounded in the Mint and members of the Mint Police and other Federal Reserve Bank officers engaged the suspects in a shootout for several minutes. The suspects were able to escape with $200,000 in cash. The leader of the gang was shot and killed as the getaway car drove away. His body was found in the abandoned getaway car in a garage later in the day. The other four suspects were never apprehended.
Officer Linton had served with the agency for 4 years and had previously served with the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office for more than 26 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons and is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.