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Policeman Charles A. Caraccilo | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California

Policeman

Charles A. Caraccilo

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, June 21, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 10285

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 21 years to life

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Policeman Caraccilo was shot and killed by the driver of a car he stopped for a minor offense. An anonymous phone tip led to the arrest of the 18 year-old suspect a short time later.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 21 years to life on December 27, 1973.

Policeman Caraccilo had served with the agency for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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I witnessed the shooting, ran to Officer Caraccilo, held him in my arms and was about to give him mouth to mouth restoration when he took his last breath and died in my arms. I will never forget how hard he fought to stay alive and how bad I felt that I could not save him. To this day I can't stop thinking about him.
Years ago I attempted to get in touch with his family but no luck.
If anyone knows the family please tell them how sorry I was/am for their loss. Dwight

Dwight
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May 3, 2017

 

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