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Patrolman Charles Henry Edwards, Jr. | Cheyenne Police Department, Wyoming Cheyenne Police Department, Wyoming

Patrolman

Charles Henry Edwards, Jr.

Cheyenne Police Department, Wyoming

End of Watch: Wednesday, January 23, 1907

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 13

Cause: Stabbed

Incident Date: 1/19/1907

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Charged with murder

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Patrolman Charles Edwards succumbed to a stab wound sustained four days earlier while attempting to arrest a man who had been involved in a fight.

The subject had thrown another man through a window at a local saloon at the intersection of Sixth Street and Ferguson Street. Patrolman Edwards and another officer were standing nearby and went to investigate after hearing the breaking glass. As they approached the suspect started to run away and Patrolman Edwards pursued him.

Patrolman Edwards caught the man as he turned into an alley. The subject suddenly stabbed him once in the chest with a small pocket knife. Patrolman Edwards fired two shots at the man as he continued to flee, then chased him down and apprehended him.

Once they returned to the saloon Patrolman Edwards collapsed. A doctor dressed his wound and it was believed he was going to survive, however, he contracted pneumonia and died as a result four days later.

Patrolman Edwards had served with the Cheyenne Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife, son, father, brother, and two sisters. He was stabbed on his 32nd birthday.

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I AM PRIVILEGED TO BE YOUR GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER. YOU ARE A PART OF ME AND ALWAYS WILL BE. YOUR SON MY GRANDFATHER WAS A WONDERFUL MAN AND IS MISSED ALSO. YOUR MEMORY WILL LIVE THROUGH MY CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN. THANK YOU GREAT-GRANDFATHER FOR YOU INSPIRATION AND YOUR STRENGTH. LOVE YOU REAT-GGRANDFATHER

LESLIE SURBER
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April 8, 2015

 

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