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Patrolman Harry Charlton, III | Richmond Police Department, Virginia Richmond Police Department, Virginia

Patrolman

Harry Charlton, III

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Friday, June 25, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Offender: Convicted of murder

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Patrolman Harry Charlton was shot and killed while making a traffic stop at Ninth Street and Commerce Road.

During the stop, the driver suddenly produced a handgun and shot Patrolman Charlton in the chest. The suspect was later arrested and convicted of murder. Prior to the murder he had boasted to friends that he was going to murder a police officer.

The suspect was released prison in 2005 due to a terminal illness and died several weeks later.

Patrolman Charlton had been employed with the Richmond Police Department for 9 years. He was survived by his wife.

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HARRY CHARLTON 111 Born DEC 26 1942
A gentle kind soul. On the job and in his personal life..Always dreamed of becoming a law enforcement officer . Richmond Virginia PD was the start. Several years later another dream was fulfilled as he served with distinction as a Virginia State Trooper in his Smoky Bear hat. Two years later he was missing RPD and returned to find Richmond was wherer he most wanted to be. Working as traffic accident investigator and hit and run reconstructor he still took time to work with RED CROSS as well as teaching in the Police Academy. All this while we enjoyed motorcycle riding,camping,cave exploring,hiking and mountain climbing.
He was an OUTSTANDING man and to be gunned down by a coward during a routine traffic stop on Stockton Street was a betrayal to me and all who cared and respected him.
EOW June 25 1971
He has been and always will be in my heart forever.

Juanita maude
Wife
December 26, 2014

 

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