Night Police Chief Charles Marrion Bruce

Night Police Chief Charles Marrion Bruce

McPherson Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Sunday, May 14, 1933

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Charles Marrion Bruce

Night Chief Bruce was shot and killed after interrupting a burglary at a local gas station. After informing the owner of the station he returned to the location and found several men in front of the business. They opened fire on him, fatally wounding him. The suspects were later shot and killed by a posse.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Charles Marrion Bruce was my grandfather. I have been to his grave in McPherson and I have tried to learn as much about him as I could but I never got to meet and know this man who I share DNA with. That opportunity was taken from me by those who took his life.

I was told that he had responded a week earlier to a similar call and had drawn his side arm and nearly fired at a group of college kids stealing gasoline. The night of his death he stepped out of his vehicle and never drew his weapon, leaving my grandmother without a husband, my dad, Dale and Charles’ other two sons Keith and Blaine and daughter Alpha-Lee without a father.

While I have always had this tremendous pride at my grandfather’s sacrifice, I’m sure I would much rather have had the chance to know this brave man.

Captain Blaine E. Moyer, USMC

October 4, 2018

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