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Deputy Sheriff Charles Edward Dobbertin | Douglas County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska Douglas County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska

Deputy Sheriff

Charles Edward Dobbertin

Douglas County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 6, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/2/1977

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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Deputy Dobbertin succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained four days earlier when he shot while attempting to stop a man from stealing packages out of a delivery truck while off duty. Deputy Dobbertin observed the crime in progress and began chasing the suspect. As he rounded a corner, Deputy Dobbertin was struck in the face with a radio antenna. The suspect then grabbed his service revolver and shot him. The suspect was apprehended, convicted of murder, and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Dobbertin had served with the agency for 7 years and had served for many years previously with another agency. He was survived by his wife and three daughters.

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