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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

Incident Date: 6/25/1971

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Suspect: 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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We knew Harry for such a short time, but I knew him to be an honorable man. I knew he loved my sister, and even in death, I know his love survives. I salute you Patrolman Harry Charlton III.

Lawrence & Gerry Culbertson
Brother & Sisiter in law
November 26, 2013

 

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