Patrolman Charles B. Collis

Patrolman Charles B. Collis

Springfield Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, March 7, 1904

Charles B. Collis

Patrolman Charles Collis was shot and killed by a man that had requested help from him.

Patrolman Collis was on post when the suspect approached him and asked him to accompany him to a room where a woman had some cloths that belonged to him.

Patrolman Collis followed the suspect into the room, where the suspect gathered his cloths. As he was doing so he got involved in an argument with the female occupant. The suspect drew a handgun and shot the female. When Patrolman attempted to arrest the suspect, he was shot four time by the suspect.

The suspect was chased to police headquarters by Patrolman Collis' partner, where he was arrested. The next day he was taken from the jail by an angry mob, shot, and then lynched.

Patrolman Collis had served with the Springfield Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and one child. He is buried in Saint Raphaels Cemetery in Springfield, Ohio.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 16

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, March 6, 1904
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Killed by an angry mob

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 108th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 8, 2012

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