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Trooper Charles Eugene Campbell | Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper

Charles Eugene Campbell

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch: Saturday, November 16, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Georgia

Incident Date: 11/16/1974

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Shot and killed

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Trooper Charles Campbell was shot and killed after being abducted while making a traffic stop in Perry, Florida.

After taking Trooper Campbell hostage the suspect used the patrol car siren to pull over a motorist and take his car. Trooper Campbell was found tied up and shot to death in Georgia along with the motorist. The suspect was later shot and killed by a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent after he tried to gain control of another officer's weapon after being arrested.

It was later discovered that the suspect was a spree killer responsible for at least 18 murders, including Trooper Campbell, beginning in July of that same year.

Trooper Campbell had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for nine years.

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I served for a short time with Trooper Campbell. He was stationed in Perry, Florida in Taylor County. Charlie was a big man in statute and as a Florida State Trooper. Although he was a big man in size, he was quiet, very likeable and soft spoken.

I was stationed in Jefferson County at the time of his murder. Supervision sent me home after I had been on duty for a while. After arriving at home, I could not take my uniform off and without checking in, I went on Interstate 10 to help look for him. Unfortunately it was too late.

Florida Highway Patrol Troopers are a close net group and, while they can disagree, the will always help another Trooper.

Trooper Charles Eugene Campbell will always be remember as one of the best and will not be forgotten. I retired in 1991, but I have never forgotten Trooper Campbell or any of the many other Trooper that are posted on the Wall of Fame in the FHP Academy.

Trooper
Florida Highway Patrol
July 21, 2014

 

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